My daughter has just come home for the weekend and her laptop is not working. One of her room-mates at Uni. formatted it and I have been trying to re-install Win xp from the original disk. The unit keeps cutting out at different times, 39% left 29% and 17%. I then restart and it restarts setup at 39% again until the cutout. It is an Advent Pentium 4. 3.6gig and 120 hard drive. everything else is onboard. I have been thru all the books and still have'nt a clue. Anyone help me please.?
that you format the drive from a command prompt (select that by pressing F8 as the computer starts), and then boot the computer with the Windows XP disk in the drive.
You can speed up the format process by adding the /q coomand line option. This deletes the file table and the root directory of the previously formatted volume but does not perform a sector by sector scan for bad areas.