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Windows XP Reinstall problem.

Discussion in 'Recording' started by GavinMajesty, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. GavinMajesty

    GavinMajesty Guest

    Today, i was forced to reinstall XP on my non-audio computer. Upon reinstaling and trying countless times, i keep getting this error during the partition format.

    What is causing this and how can i get around it? The only other HDD i have is the HDD with all my stuff which i CANNOt format.

    If anyone needs more info, feel free to ask.

  2. GavinMajesty

    GavinMajesty Guest

    I realise it's pretty blurry but can still be made out. Thanks!
  3. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Its as you might expect, usually a partition error. Although it claims to be a memory paging error.

    I suspect it is caused because your machine had some kind of tiny partition at the front of the drive, usually caused by the manufacturer creating some sort of rescue area where memory can be dumped which they forget will be too complex for anybody to ever want to use.

    Get a hold of a windows 98 floppy, or 95. Boot from that and use the FDISK utitlity to remove all the partitions completely, then reboot and let windows try to create a partition and then format it.

    If that fails, create a full partition in fdisk, and low-level format it using the FORMAT app. Then try again.

    If its not working, (and invariably a bit of trial and error with these utilities always does) let us see the screenshots of what it says is available to you hard disk space wise, and what you choose to create partition-wise.

    Avoid quick formats while you are troubleshooting this/

  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    This is usually caused by bad hardware, typically RAM or hard drive. I had this once and I tracked it down to a bad RAM slot on my MOBO. Any fault along the momory path can cause this, includign damage to the MOBO. If I were you, I'd get Memtest86 and check out my RAM. Just let it grind for a good while and see if you get any errors. If you don't, it's probably the hard drive.
  5. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Interesting idea, Jeemy. Certainly a brighter outlook than mine! Good luck, Gavin.
  6. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    erm yeh its been that about 50% of the time on installs i've done for people. however i never thought of why gav is reinstalling in the first place....if your crashes were due to hardware faults, then reinstalling would be an obvious recourse. try both.

    i think its trying to dump to or from a very tiny partition and that causes a memory fail, hence the claim that it is paging memory (write-out from HDD)
  7. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Might seem like a bit of a simple suggestion but give it a shot. Open up the case and make sure all of your hardware, ram included, is seated properly. You might even want to pull out each pci card, ram sim and just re-seat it, making sure it is fully inserted into it's slot. Sometimes, especially with some of the cheaper cases where the pci slots don't align properly with the case holes, the cards work their way loose. Re-seating them can make things all better.
  8. GavinMajesty

    GavinMajesty Guest

    Hey, thanks guys! I'll start this tomorrow working my way up from the least apocalyptic solution, hahaha!

    I really appreciate your answers guys!
  9. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Another thing to try is remove all un necessary hardware from your machine and boot up. Only start up with video card and OS drive. If you still get that error you can reformat or if need be hit the R for repair and do a chkdsk /r operation when you get to the command prompt. You will of course need to enter 1 for the installation you want to repair then be prepared to go out for a bit while the check disk does its thang!

  10. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Last time I saw that screen was when my wife spilled water on her running laptop.

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