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One of those headache jobs...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kat731, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. kat731
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    kat731 Megabyte Poster

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    Hi all,

    last week went to a job, had a dodgy copy of XP, bought the real deal from MS, installed over the top.. kept crashing, umm, took the drive away to rescue pics/music-done. Told her to hoover(carefully) the inside as caked in dust while i did drive. Took drive back booted up, cd drive dead...:eek: ok, aint got time, take base unit away. Booted up-cmos checksum error, oh, battery dead?? Another batt, fine, leave for an hour, checksum error, 3 more batts, same thing.................Internet-motherboard manual, look on board no cmos jumper on pins??? Jumpered it-all fine, she must have hoovered it up!!!!!!!!!!:eek:

    Kat
     
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  2. Cockles

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    Heh, excellent work :D

    Got a question for you actually following from that. I will be buying XP Pro in the very near future, as I have recently found out that mine is dodgy. I also don't have the disks it was installed on

    Can I just plonk on a new, legit XP Pro on top of that? I don't need the installation disks of my current version at all do I?

    Cheers
     
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  3. kat731
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    kat731 Megabyte Poster

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    Hi C,

    nah, when you get ur proper CD, just boot it for a clean install, back up youre files 1st, clean install always best.
    K
     
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  4. Cockles

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    Excellent, thanks very much. Hopefully gonna get it in the next week or so.
     
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  5. AJ

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    I would have thought that if you contact M$ and tell them you have purchased a legit copy of XP they should be able to sort it out over the phone. Never done this before but surely there is a better way that a total reload?

    Unless of course that's what you have to do :oops:
     
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  6. kat731
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    kat731 Megabyte Poster

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    Hi AJ,
    yeh probably, she ordered the CD when it was saying u have dodgy blah blah.. Sure you can just get a bona fide key, but hey having the CD is better surely.
    Kat
     
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  7. Raffaz

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    I would definately go the clean install route. If its a pirated version you have got, then theres no telling what other stuff could be present on there.
     
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  8. Mr.Cheeks

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    :ohmy ::eek: is the first thing i'm saying...
    did she physically use a hoover (vacuum) in the pc??? the way you are describing the user, ESD seems to be a major concern to me... could of had a load od static around, especially in those high heels! and pop!

    she could of loosen a lot of things, best bet - pop over yourself, and ensure everything is sloted in nice.

    agree with Raffaz - clean install is the way forward, but make sure the data is backed up before hand!
     
  9. Sparky
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    It might just be a OEM key that has been used too many times. You can save yourself some grief and do a repair install (if Windows is running ok)

    From within windows..

    1)Select install from menu.
    2)You will get the warning message that upgrade is not available.
    3)Select "new installation" and specify you want to choose the install partition after reboot.
    4)Reboot
    5)After reboot, setup will copy files to a temporary location.
    6)At the first setup screen; press "Enter", [do not choose the "R" option]
    7)After you accept the license agreement, the option to Repair will be offered.
    8 )Proceed with Repair Install
     
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  10. hbroomhall

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    While I agree that wiping and reinstalling is always good, there *is* a way (M$ legal too) of putting a new key on a duff install. I've done this for a few clients, and if you need it I'll try and dig out the details.

    Harry.
     
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