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    New hard drive fitted to sony fx21s. Trying to reinstall XP. The on screen messages appear in jumbled word order. Then asked to hit F3 to cancel install. Any thoughts?

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    The new HDD formatted OK?

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    can it be formatted before there's an OS installed? I assumed it would format as the os was installed upon it.

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    Have looked again at this. The garbled on screen messages appear immediately the disc boots up. I think I may assume the XP disc is corrupted somehow

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    sounds like it cant find the hard disk, is it a sata hard disk? you might need to set the sata mode to native (or the other way around!) before it will find the hard disk.

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    surely unlikely xp is corrupt unless CD is physically scratched or something

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    sounds like it cant find the hard disk, is it a sata hard disk? you might need to set the sata mode to native (or the other way around!) before it will find the hard disk.
    put it into IDE mode - also daft thing but ensure there are no marks / finger prints on the xp cd and yes you can do a format before installing, if you do a full format it will run a check on the hard drive to ensure no bad sectors etc ( If i remember correctly ) which will take about an hour or so

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