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ive got some problems and its starting to get annoyiong. my friend has a dell and its serisouly going wack everytim is loads it goes to "bsod "even in safe mode. my plan is to reformat the whole machine but the problem is that the windopws xp setup is telling me that it cant find a previosu copy of windows, is this because because windwos xp is so messed on his machine or his sata hard drive

thanks for the help
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It sounds like you're trying to repair his windows rather than re-install. Do a full re-install which includes a format and you should be ok. If you still get the BSOD then it's most likely hardware related. If you get the BSOD, try memtesting his RAM for a few hours.
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If you could explain it in a bit more detail... Like what the BSOD screen said?
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Run recovery off of the cd and use the command "fixboot" that may cure your problems
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ok this is the story that ive been told

his machein was taken away by his dad and when he got it back the fan was making this werid nose, i fixed that, but when you see the windows xp logo and its loading i get the bsod so i try to completely refotmat the whole machine but windows tells me that there is no windows xp installed previously and that i need to put in a windows xo cd....but media center was installed

is it because of the sata driver or something else is going on
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Maybe the SATA drive was dying and it finally gave out.... Or a wire could have been touching a fan
post #7 of 7
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no the hdd is fine because it can load windows xp for a few seconds then bsod

he never had any type fo firwall or antivirus so maybe the viruses just destroyed his machine

my only question is how do i get the windows xp to recgonize that there is windows on a sata hdd

do i need some sort of boot up disk for that?
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