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My ibm thinkpod 2647 always hang's up

Its always hangs up every time it is loading in windows xp proffesional. Then i start to reformat it but now the formating sequence cannot finish it's setup because it hang's up.

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It could be that the hard drive crashed. It should be looked at to see if that is the case.

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How to reformat a window xp


first nsert the Windows XP disk, and turn off your computer...Turn on your computer...A screen will come up during the boot and tell you to press any key to boot from CD, (if not you will need to change the start up sequence in the BIOS). Press any key you like....Second, you are asked which file system to use, the FAT Filesystem or NTFS Filesystem. NTFS Filesystem is the newer and faster one, so use that. FAT would also limit you to small hard disks..It might take a while. Once everything is loaded, there will be a few options on the screen. The one you want says 'To set up Windows XP, press enter.' So select it and press enter.It might take a while. Once everything is loaded, there will be a few options on the screen. The one you want says 'To set up Windows XP, press enter.' So select it and press enter.Alternatively, if you just want to format a secondary hard drive you can go to 'My Computer', right click on the drive and press format and follow the instructions accordingly.

on Jul 25, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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My computer wont start? error occurs "system32/drivers/isapnp.sys", when i try to reformat my pc, in windows set up, kernell debugging part it will stop and says PCI.sys is corrupt. i cannnot finish...


Try this, when you start your next reinstall dont format right away. first delete the partition and recreate it, after that do your format. You could have a bad sector and formating it is causing an issue.

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Get the following error when I try to boot: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: WINDOWSSYSTEM32CONFIGSYSTEM You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows...


If you want to completely reformat your hard drive and install a fresh copy of Windows you can do so as described in the following instructions. Of course you will lose all data on the hard drive, and any other programs and device drivers that you have installed, so be sure to back those up before formatting.

Formatting and Installing from the Windows XP CD
  • Step 1 This section explains how to reformat a drive from the Windows XP installation CD. This can be used when installing a fresh copy of Windows onto a computer. Here it is especially important to backup all of your important information because upon formatting you will lose EVERYTHING that used to be on the drive. This includes all applications and device drivers, so you must back up everything you can.
  • Step 2 Insert your Windows XP installation disc into your CD drive (Home or Pro--it does not matter).
  • Step 3 Now as you computer boots a little more it will say "Press any key to boot from CD.." press a key to do so.
  • Step 4 The CD will load up a blue screen and then spend a while loading files it needs. When it is finished it will list a few options, mainly "Press ENTER to set up Windows XP." Press Enter or Return.
  • Step 5 Now you will be at a screen to select where to install Windows to. This is where you can delete old partitions and format drives. The box in the bottom half of the screen shows all your drives and the partitions that exist on them. Use the Up and Down arrow keys to highlight your "C:" partition and press the 'D' key (if all that shows up is "Unpartitioned space" and you have no C: or D: partitions, skip this step). On the next screen press the 'L' key to finalize deleting the partition.
  • Step 6 Now you are back on the screen to choose where to install Windows. The box on the lower half of the screen should no longer show a partition but simply have an entry "Unpartitioned space xxxxxMB." Select this with the arrow keys and press the 'C' key to create a partition on the drive. The next screen tells you the minimum and maximum sizes the partition can be and lets you pick the size. The default size is the maximum, but double check that the number entered is the maximum and hit enter.
  • Step 7 Now you will again be back at the choose where to install Windows screen. But this time you will have a partition that looks something like this "C: Partition1 [New (Raw)]xxxxxxMB." Highlight this entry and press enter.
  • Step 8 The next screen lets you choose which file system to format the drive with. Choose NTFS as it is faster and more secure. If the drive is brand new and has never been used before then use one of the options that ends in "(Quick)." Or, choose one of the lower down options. Use the arrow keys to select the proper one and press Enter or Return.
  • Step 9 From here you are all set and the installation of Windows will proceed starting with a format of your drive. This will take a while (over half an hour) so you can take a little break.
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    Cant format my C drive


    Sounds like the hard drive might be going bad....but you did say everything copied okay.. maybe you could try installing a different operating system on the partition or using an ubuntu live disk or another utility to reformat the partition before reinstalling windows. Is data loss an issue? Let me know if I can clarify anything.

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    Window Xp Pro Setup Hangs at Logo Screen after reboot


    You can try also to do reformat your hard drive as fresh unallocated one before doing formatting again to install windows. And check your installation disk for scratches.

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    Toshiba Satelite M100 PC notebook wont start up windows XP


    This sounds like a memory problem. Download and run memtest 86, it is a small iso file that you create a bootable cd from. Run this for at least one pass.

    If the memory passes boot from your xp disk and choose R to get into the repair console. Once there type the following commands

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    then try the install again. Hope this helps

    Apr 29, 2009 | Toshiba Satellite M100 Notebook

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    Need to reformat my dell insprion 1501


    You first need to ensure that the you have the drivers on the cd's or check if they are avaible on dell's website..

    Then you will need a Windows XP CD.. Just put the windows xp formatting cd in cd-drive and restart computer...
    When it should say "press any key to continue." (or similar) just press a random key on the keyboard..
    (If it doesnt say "press any key to continue", right when you turn on computer press F2 and make CD/DVD Drive the first on the Boot list.. Then save settings..)
    Wait for the blue screen to finish loading..
    Delete the partition and install windows on the unformat space..
    Format it as NFTS (select quick if u are in a hurry, but i doesnt recommend doing so..
    Then just follow the instructions on the screen until finishing installing windows..
    If your sound, wireless and stuff like that doesnt work after formatting insert the drivers cd i mentioned in the beginning and install its contents..

    For futher details: http://lifehacker.com/software/windows/geek-to-live-how-to-format-your-hard-drive-and-install-windows-xp-from-scratch-157578.php

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    Right well XP Pro really MUST be formatted with NTFS only... I suggest you get a third party partitioning program like Partition magic and completely remove the partition & redo it all again & this time Format NTFS. Or if ya have a WIN98 boot disk, and ya can use FDISK, Delete ALL partitions, and remake them again, using all the disk space, then format as NTFS, then proceed as below Then using your windows XP PRO setup Disk, start the install ...then when asked about where you want the install located, select C & REFORMAT it AGAIN with the windows setup using again NTFS file system... this should finish & then the Install should "see" your entire hard drive and format it accordingly and then when finished you can proceede to install XP.

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