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cannot boot, safe mode as far as crcdisk.sys

I recently upgraded a xp pro machine to vista business after first running the chkupgrade app first.  Once id done this I had a few driver issues and then a few days later it now ont even boot.  Stops at crcdisk.sys in safe mode.  I have tried loading the defaults in the BIOS, disabling USB controllers in the BIOS.  I then decided I would rebuild the machine using the XP Dell disk and it got as far as loading all the windows files and then at the end of the text mode stage where it says starting windows setup it just blue screens everytime.  I thought this may be because the BIOS cannot find the HDD controllers or drivers although they show up in the current BIOS and this is why windows cannot load its files onto it.  I then downloaded the BIOS updates and SATA drive updates from the DELL website and put them on a floppy.  I ran setup using F6 but am now getting the message txtsetup.oem missing.

Any ideas what is wrong and how to go about fixing this.  I just want to rebuild it really.

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NahThenLadCommented:
You could turn off AHCI support in the BIOS, which should then allow you to install using the Dell XP CD, though you would be best advised to leave it off, as it is not trivial to load these drivers after install.

Alternately, you could download a copy of nlite and slipstream the disk drivers into the XP CD and burn another copy.

HTH

Tony
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torimarCommented:
If you only downloaded "updates" for BIOS and SATA drives from Dell, then you don't have the SATA drivers yet.
The SATA driver files that Setup will look for on the floppy should consist of a "txtsetup.oem", at least one ".sys" and possibly an ".inf" file.

If you have an original Dell XP CD then you should also have gotten a Dell driver/mainboard/maintenance CD together with that computer. Chances are you will find the SATA drivers on it. Otherwise, look for SATA drivers on the Dell website, not for updates.
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nobusCommented:
>>  Stops at crcdisk.sys    <<   can just be a bad disk.
that's what i would test first, so find all diags here :      http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
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helpintAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, I have tried other disks to try and install XP on so i know the crcdisk.sys file that it stops on each time isn not down to a bad disk, i will try and download the sata drivers as suggested.  Thanks guys.  Ill keep u posted
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nobusCommented:
>>  that it stops on each time isn not down to a bad disk   <<   be aware that it can be the disk controller too..on-board...
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helpintAuthor Commented:
If it is a bad disk controller on board.  How do i update that?  By updating the BIOS?
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helpintAuthor Commented:
How do i go about updating the disk controller on the board.  Is this bundles with the relevant chipset download for this machne as i cant find it anywhere and if so how do i instal it as its 23mb and too big for floppy using the F6 method of setup.

I have tried slipstreaming the CD using nlite but that disnt seem to work out either.  
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NahThenLadCommented:
OK, lets have some more details. What's the service tag on your Dell and has anything relevant changed since delivery?
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NahThenLadCommented:
Oh, and have you tried turning off AHCI mode in the BIOS before trying a clean install yet?
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nobusCommented:
>>  How do i update that?  <<  you cananot update the controller, only the drivers for it.
and - is it a DELL ?  i did not see any reference to it..
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NahThenLadCommented:
OP said he had been on Dell website, so I assumed!
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nobusCommented:
sorry- missed that..
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torimarCommented:
helpint,

I fear you are making it too complicated. There is most probably no need to analyze/update your hardware or even flash your BIOS because the same machine in the state it is in now has worked perfectly with XP before, or hasn't it? It's only the installation that does not seem to work.

Have you already gotten the correct SATA drivers and tried with them on a floppy?

Have you checked the Dell driver disk you got with the laptop? I readily admit that the Dell way of delivering those drivers on CD is the most idiotic one I could imagine, because they are stored not under a meaningful name (like ..\drivers\sata or the like) but under a number code that nobody can decipher.
On my Dell Inspiron "Drivers and Utilities" CD the sata drivers are in the folder \i386\R154200. They comprise the following files:
iaahci.cat
iastor.cat
iaahci.inf
iastor.inf
iastor.sys
txtsetup.oem

Those need to be on the floppy for F6.
If you don't have such a folder on your CD, search for one of the filenames.

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helpintAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help guys,  I have finaly managed to solve this through a collegue at work.  The channels in the BIOS were set to RAID and the disks were not in RAID. He took them out of RAID and the setup started.

Thanks Guys
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nobusCommented:
you never mentioned that...how can we know then?
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helpintAuthor Commented:
I am sorry nobus,  I didnt realise my msitake in the BIOS.  I have been very grateful for all your help.
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