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    Inspecting Hardware Configuration

    Been going through some older machines to see what I can make out of them.
    I've got one and no matter what Hard Disk I put in it it gets as far as Inspecting Hardware Configuration when installing XP then goes to a black screen.
    I've tried fdisk /mbr and a full fdisk but still the same
    Any ideas?

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    Do they meet the minimum spec for XP? RAM?

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    what M/board and check for bios updates.

    We had some 865gm2 boards that would not install XP until a bios update was applied

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    Yeah they meet minimum spec for XP, got 512mb Ram. Semperon processor.

    The motherboard is PCChips M848A Rev 2.1.
    Guess it needs a bios update but can only find the Rev5 on their site so don't want to mess it up with that.

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    Bios upgrade to Latest version, still the same. May resort to motherboard change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karldenton View Post
    Bios upgrade to Latest version, still the same. May resort to motherboard change.
    moterboard change would be your best bet as pc chips are rubbish

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    moterboard change would be your best bet as pc chips are rubbish
    Ahh you've got to love the sweeping statements.

    PC Chips can be ok, it depends what chipset they use. Back in the days of the mighty K6-2, my via based Gigabyte motherboard was not altogether that good, USB was really unstable. My friend had the same system except that he had a PC Chips board with an SiS chipset and that was much better.

    So there

    In response to the original poster, I'd probably do a zero fill on the hard disk and run a memory test for starters. I'd also check the board (and power supply) for blown caps, they can cause all sorts of weirdness.

    Also, go into your BIOS, there may be an option, probably under plug and play or something, to "Reset Configuration Data". Select "Enable". Probably won't make any difference for XP but it has fixed similar problems for me in the past.
    Last edited by Batman; 16th April 2009 at 01:28 PM.

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    Thanks will try a memory test.
    Thinking its the motherboard. Put XP on a hard disk then tried that and gets to loading XP screen and freezes.

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