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Old 21-07-2009
Join Date: Jul 2009
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xp is not installing

hello friends
my hdd got damaged so i buy a new one
but in the new one also xp is not installing
one time it installed but it freezes at welcome screen
i installed linux mint 5 in this HDD and it installed easily
now what's the problem in my computer is it the problem if BIOS.

configuration is
160 gb HDD
512 MB ddr1 RAM
2.66 ghz intel pentium 4
Motherboard:-Intel 915G/915GV/915GL chipset support CD rev.139.01
also this series is written on motherboard CD

did i had to upgrade the BIOS
if yes how could i do
tell me the solution.
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Old 21-07-2009
Join Date: Apr 2008
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Re: xp is not installing

Yes... you can try upgrading your BIOS. Here is how you can do it, Follw the steps :
  1. Reboot your computer and enter the Setup screen.
  2. Press the Print Screen key to make a record of each page of your settings.
  3. Find out the manufacturer and model of your current BIOS. Check for the information as your computer boots, or find it in the Setup screen information you printed. If neither method works, check the BIOS chip for identifying information.
  4. Check the manufacturer's website to see if the BIOS can be "flash" upgraded. If so, download the utility program. If not, proceed to Step 7.
  5. Copy the program to a floppy disk.
  6. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for running the program. Skip to last step
  7. Contact the manufacturer of your BIOS chip to find out if an updated chip is available, and if that chip will fit into the same slot on your motherboard.
  8. Get and install a new BIOS chip, if available.
  9. Again, reboot your computer and enter the Setup screen. If necessary, change the Setup back to the previous settings .
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Old 21-07-2009
Dr. V
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Re: xp is not installing

According to best of my knowledge, you need to change your Sata operation to IDE on your BIOS. I think this is why you are unable to install Windows Xp.
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Old 21-07-2009
Bjs Bjs is offline
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Re: xp is not installing

Intel ? ... are you sure it's not an asus motherboard instead as intel has no information regarding that model reference.

Some bios's have ide emulation for sata but not all do.

In this case you should locate the sata drivers for the unit from the manufacturer, unpack and burn to cd ... when installing xp you will notice an option at the bottom of the screen will ask if you need to install drivers related to sata / scsi ... you hit that function key ... on this system it's F6... swap discs and wait, then put the xp disc back in to continue.

Drivers which haven't completely installed can cause this issue, but after 5 hours I'd back the motherboard has suffered a major defect in the apic chipset (power management) or overheated north / south bridge.

Yes... linux will even load on a damaged motherboard provided the damage is not too severe ... where windows operating system will not.

Replace the motherboard or stick with linux.
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Old 22-07-2009
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Re: xp is not installing

thanks for the solution i will try to upgrade the BIOS
can u tell me if i updgrade it from market how much it costs
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