I am attempting to fix a pc for a friend. It is an HP pavilion P4 XP home sp2. The original hard disk died and a replacement has been installed. The 5 HP recovery cd set bought from HP for £100 approx do not set XP home up properly. The disks appear to do the job but on rebooting at the end of the process XP fails to run. I have installed XP home from another CD with his cd key. The pc now runs but when asked to download anything from either the net or known good cd's it stops with the message file is corrupt. When you try to run internet explorer almost every time it fails and you get the message report this fault to ms? I have run sfc /scannow but it runs through with no problems. I have tried different strips of ram with the same results. I am begining to believe that either the P4 chip or the mobo are faulty. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
I have now found that it was a memory module giving all the trouble. It passed all memory tests that I ran on it. It was only after fitting 2 new modules that it allowed a complete installation from the HP disks. Thanks to all.
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