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If all else fails try this, it has worked for me on some stubborn machines before, it wipes the disk writing all 0s, you can then format and create partitions and for some reason it lets the install go forward:http://www.killdisk.com/
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would anyone else trust the above ?

I can sometimes get to a BIOS, but not the normal BIOS you'd see with a custom computer, just an HP bios with some options, dates, etc ... also sometimes I can get to a Boot up screen. So I could start up with a floppy ...

Should I proceed with the above, and will it delete all drives or just the one I choose ? (Since he has 2, and I wouldn't care much if it deleted both) reps at end btw.
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I dont think the HD being completly wiped would be the problem. I think the problem would be the bios chip itself, thats what you need to look into wiping completly. Then you need to find out how you could put a new unlocked bios on to the chip....
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probably impossible without a new mobo ... plus it's my brother's computer so I am not looking to make any mods.

I just need to reformat like I did a few months back and get this OS installed.
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Originally Posted by Loki
I dont think the HD being completly wiped would be the problem. I think the problem would be the bios chip itself, thats what you need to look into wiping completly. Then you need to find out how you could put a new unlocked bios on to the chip....
You can't "wipe" a bios chip because the computer wouldn't even start, you can flash an update but I doubt that is his problem anyway, Like I said it has happened to me a couple of times and kill disk has done the trick. it is also hard to go back to an old OS say like from XP to 98, even though you boot from the CD it will not take the setup program.
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