Why does winXP install keep deleting boot files?
by Mr_Sheep_Pants - 4/1/12 3:44 AM
I have recently upgraded:
1) cpu (AMD 64 x2 4400+)
2) HDD (samsung 1TB SATA)
I am also still running my 2 old hard drives on IDE. There is my original XP boot files on one of the IDE drives, but the SATA is set as my primary boot device (after CD).
I have tried 4 times now to install win XP on the SATA drive. The first time seemed to go ok, I had normal winXP access, installed to serv pack 3 and newest drivers, but after a couple of days my internet dropped out, computer got sluggish, I managed to get net back on but most websites refused to load. After a while things got so bad I did a complete format of the win partition (only 150GB) and reinstalled winXP.
After installing a service pack or one of the drivers, a reboot will often bring about an error screen (in a DOS prompt) saying that I don't have ........ installed. I have tried repairing from the winxp cd (which resulted in windows without sound) installing with auto updates on/off, changing the order of drivers I install, but I get the same problem. It makes no sense! I am typing this help message from Linux which is running fine on another partition (except for sound - Linux has a problem with SB audigy), so I am not convinced it is a hardware problem. Totally confused....
MOBO: Nvidia 8AN SLI-premium
RAM: 2gig generic
GPU: ATI Radeon 5500
Sound: Creative SB audigy 2 Xfi extreme
HDD: 1TB SATA (boot), 160GB IDE, 80GB IDE
Nothing is overheating, I have been monitoring this