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Old 12. Jul 2010, 05:57 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Thanks for posting back with updates 26Dolphins. Its certainly good to hear that there were no hardware issues. So, the system is working fine now... without any problems like before? How many days since you installed afresh?

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Found out the hard way that if your HDD has more than one partitions, Win XP Installation CD won't boot - you have to delete everything first using a bootacle CD.
This is strange. I have never seen that happen. I have 4 partitions on my hard disk. Recently, I had to do a reinstall of OS on my C partition. I did not encounter any problem because of the other partitions that I had on the hard disk. I was able to perform a format and reinstall of the OS, without any problems. The XP CD was able to boot normally.

What exact problem did you come across with this?
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Old 12. Jul 2010, 07:37 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Hi,

@mistywindow
Thanks for the tip, should have listed it as #7 task in my previous post.
Also, thanks for the link. I've read through it in the past and was thinking of using Paragon. I also have the Acronis True Image WD Edition tool.
I guess I have some decision making to do.

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Well, this thread got three pages long thanks to you guys, posting back with updates is the least I can do.

Ok, back to subject.
With all the testing that was done and after the trouble I described, I managed to finish installation and activation on Saturday evening. So, practically, it's only been 48 hrs, but no sign of the problems. Boot & shut down are lightning fast. I'm taking it slowly with restoring my previous configuration in order to be able to trace any culprits and deal with them right away.

As for the XP Setup CD boot issue, I was baffled at first because I could read it and I used it to perform the Repair. But when I got locked out of Windows and tried to boot from it, it would go till that black screen where it does some check (sorry, can't recall the exact wording), then give me another black screen and continue to boot from the HDD. A little search on the internet, revealed that this was a rather common issue and the way to deal with it is the one I descriped earlier - I used a Bart PE rescue CD I made not too long ago. I have still to find an answer as to "why" - maybe sth to do with SP3, when the installed OS is theoretically still working?

Anyway, I'm done with the essential ones and things are looking good. I also installed Avast 5 instead of Emsisoft Anti-Malware and I can say there's a big difference on resource burden. I'm currently on Windows firewall as I'm going through all my configurations (I don't have to worry about outbounds as the only S/W I've already installed are my on demand scanners). I want to try out sth else besides OA (ever since the 64bit support came out, I feel it's not working like before), but haven't made up my mind yet.

Besides, dealing with my brother's laptop comes before finishing this machine, so it may even take this whole week to fully get it up as it was before.

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Old 13. Jul 2010, 11:26 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Thanks for the update 26Dolphins. Its good that everything is working well, and hope that it continues like that. I still could not figure out the problem with the installation CD. Anyways, its good to know things are good . Good luck.
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