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Old 10-07-2005, 03:19 PM   #1
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Default Format problems, please help

I have a problem...
Something is wrong with my PC and I'd like to format it, and reinstall XP. I've done this a million times before, boot off the cd, format the desired partition, and install XP on it.

Only this time, when I go to boot off the XP cd, it can't detect my hardware settings. You know how it says "detecting hardware settings" at first, and then goes into the blue screen where it installs temporary files? It says "detecting hardware settings" and then just goes blank.

I have a feeling that this is related to my initial computer problems, possibly a virus or something. My CTRL ALT DELETE isn't working and neither are any MSDOS prompts. How can I format in order to reinstall windows?? / ??
Thanks for your help.
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Old 10-07-2005, 03:39 PM   #2
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give it time, leave it for say 10 minutes then see
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Old 10-07-2005, 04:16 PM   #3
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I left it for 30 minutes and it never deviated from the blank screen..
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Old 10-07-2005, 04:18 PM   #4
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hmm ... sorry i don't know what else you can do but kick it very hard (j/k) .. sorry but i don't know the answer ... thank-you for trying my suggestion though
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Old 10-07-2005, 04:29 PM   #5
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Thanks anyway,
do you know how to use FDISK?
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Old 10-07-2005, 04:32 PM   #6
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http://www.23cc.com/free-fdisk/
is that what your looking for?
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yea but how do you use it?
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Old 10-07-2005, 04:55 PM   #8
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q255867/
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Should I just copy the fdisk directory onto a floppy and boot from that?
The only thing is that I don't want to format and then still not be able to boot from the XP cd.
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you would need to make a boot (floppy) disk then add the fdisk file to that ... yes probally would be better to get the CD working first ... but as i said im unsure on how to fix htat
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