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Well, first thing we need to find out when she comes back is what brand hdd is in there. Then we do a LLF and load XP from there. I think she'll be much happier with XP also. Just need to tweak it a little after we get it set up right.

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i know if this was my machine it would get low leveled, but i won't buy namebrand systems too many headaches and no agp, and then there is the fact you can't o/c them. fustrating :yup:

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It's a she :P

And if I do clean in stall XP back. Could I ever change to another o/s ?

(may never won't to)

I like Xp much more than Me, just that XP was slower while I was online.

 

 

 

 

Hope this helps...

 

 

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Version EVEREST v1.10.106

Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/

Report Type Quick Report

Computer MAMASPC

Generator Mama

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)

Date 2004-06-04

Time 11:12

 

 

--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Computer:

Computer Name MAMASPC

DirectX 4.08.01.0810 (DirectX 8.1)

Internet Explorer 6.0.2600.0000 (IE 6.0 - Windows XP)

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional

OS Service Pack -

User Name Mama

 

Motherboard:

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 1300 MHz (13 x 100)

Motherboard Name Asus WMT-LX (3 PCI, 1 AGP, 4 RIMM)

Motherboard Chipset Intel Tehama i850

System Memory 128 MB (RDRAM)

BIOS Type Award Medallion (03/18/01)

Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)

Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

 

Display:

Video Adapter NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64 (32 MB)

3D Accelerator nVIDIA RIVA TNT2 M64

Monitor Philips 109B (109B2) (CX 68928745)

 

Multimedia:

Audio Adapter C-Media CMI8738/C3DX Audio Device

 

Storage:

IDE Controller Intel® 82801BA Bus Master IDE Controller

Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive

Disk Drive SAMSUNG SV0602H (60 GB, 5400 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)

Optical Drive MITSUMI CR-48X5TE (8x/4x/32x CD-RW)

Optical Drive PIONEER DVD-ROM DVD-116 (16x/40x DVD-ROM)

SMART Hard Disks Status OK

 

Partitions:

C: (NTFS) 2047 MB (2034 MB free)

D: (NTFS) 55215 MB (53763 MB free)

 

Input:

Keyboard HID Keyboard Device

Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard

Mouse HID-compliant mouse

 

Network:

Network Adapter Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC

Modem Lucent Win Modem

 

Peripherals:

Printer hp deskjet 920c series

Printer hp deskjet 920c

USB1 Controller Intel 82801BA(M) ICH2 - USB Controller 1 [b-4]

USB1 Controller Intel 82801BA(M) ICH2 - USB Controller 2 [b-4]

USB Device Generic USB Hub

USB Device Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 3400C

USB Device USB Composite Device

USB Device USB Human Interface Device

USB Device USB Human Interface Device

USB Device USB Human Interface Device

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This is kinda funny. Everest says you have a Samsung SV0602H hard drive. Samsung doesn't even list that model on it's website.

 

Found it. Now just need to find the utility.

 

Here is the utility. Please read everything TWICE, and then decide what you want to do.

 

http://www.samsung.com/Products/HardDiskDr...ities/sutil.htm

Edited by dickster

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Take a look at this from Microsoft...

 

 

Drive Letters Change Unexpectedly When You Install Windows XP

View products that this article applies to.

This article was previously published under Q326683

SYMPTOMS

When you install or upgrade to Windows XP, the system partition (the disk volume that contains the Ntldr, Boot.ini, and Ntdetect.com files) may be assigned a drive letter other than the one that you expect. The system partition may be assigned a drive letter other than drive C.

CAUSE

This problem may occur if you have a ZIP drive that is connected to the computer when you install Windows. This problem occurs when the computer detects the ZIP drive as a hard disk.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, use Disk Management to change the drive letter assignments in Windows XP. For additional information about how to change drive letter assignments in Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

307844 HOW TO: Change Drive Letter Assignments in Windows XP

 

NOTE: This problem does not damage your computer.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information about System partitions and Boot partitions, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

314470 Definition of System Partition and Boot Partition

 

 

 

Now what ? :blink:

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Shellmoon, as much as I would like to help you do a low level format (which I only suggest as a last option) I think the best answer lies here.

 

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, use Disk Management to change the drive letter assignments in Windows XP. For additional information about how to change drive letter assignments in Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

307844 HOW TO: Change Drive Letter Assignments in Windows XP

 

It looks like you can set that D drive as C, without having to reset your MBR (Master Boot Record)

 

Look it over and decide.

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Won't work :mrsgreen:

When I tried to change it, it saids on the CONFIRM SCREEN...

Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume

 

What am I going to do ? Nothing is working right... :(

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shellmoon, your gonna have to decide if you wanna do a low level format, as things that you tried are not helping any because i don't wanna say do it then something happens. for whatever reason you can't get windows to install after the low level format, the ball is in your court if you wanna do this.

 

or wait and see if anyone else here, can give you more input on what to do.

 

unless dickster has something up his sleeve :shifty::mrgreen:

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Sorry. I'm out of ideas on this one. Time to decide if you want to do the low level format.

 

I did come up with one more idea, remembering a thread from yesterday. If we can merge the partitions into one, we can then use the XP cd to try and get it installed correctly.

 

So, we can try using this. I've never used it, so you may have to play around and use the help files to figure it out.

 

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootitng.html

 

What you want to do is merge D into C drive. It might not boot into XP after that, since I'm not sure where the MBR is.

 

If it doesn't boot to windows go into the bios and set it to boot from cd first. Put the XP cd in and reboot. Run the setup making sure to format the drive.

 

Let us know how this works out.

Edited by dickster

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Did you look into that program? If we can merge the partitions, we can format and load XP on that single partition.

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It sounds to me like you upgraded from ME to XP. If this is the case, the old OS and files are still stored on the HD and is the reason you cannot load another ME os.

This is a feature of xp and it will not allow you to load a third copy any os.

XP was designed to allow you to roll back to the prior OS even after a clean install. The only difference is that you cannot easily access the old files from the old OS.

If you don't need to save any old files, then I would thoroughly wipe or write 0s to the drive. Then use the disk utilitity that should come with the wipe program to partion and format the HD.

Then install XP onto the C partion. Windows usually needs to load onto the C primary partion or it will not work properly(based only on my experience) with several thousand installations and upgrades. If windows is loaded to a different partion than C it can cause

 

At this point you will have a very clean installation of WinXP. If you have an older or slower(smaller) system, then I would disable all startups via msconfic and start them only as needed. Any programs that need to run from the startup menu will recheck themselves if they are required.

 

An older system with xp installed should boot in 15-20 seconds at the longest.

 

Hope this helps a little bit and maybe gives you a different approach. :)

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