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A good femail friend of mine called me up a week ago and tells me her brother is having issues with his pc and could i call him to sort it out. He told me it just reboots everytime he switches it on randomly. I guide him through system restore and it wont let him, so im guessing he's been watching too much porn.

After putting him in safe mode with netwroking i ask him to instal avast, which it wont let him do, and im starting to scratch my head now, thinking that is is going to be a reformat.

My friend brings round this beaten up packard bell with a measly 1gb of ram and no discs or cd keys. I burn off an iso file of xp and test on my machine and it boots to disk, but for some reason i cannot get it to boot on his. I try vista and it works. Ok this is odd, could it be his dvd writer wont accept rewritable discs? I still dont know.

But i get vista on and 20 hours later i get the updates and service packs on and call a friend who might have some spare ram as working on vista with 1gb of crapp ddr2 is like torture. Luckily he does have a gig spare.. so a tin of chocolates to my m8 later and 2gb in it flies... what a huge difference.

I installed everything a noob could want on his machine and my friend is happy and so is his brother. But for the love of me i cannot work out why it would not boot to xp when it boots on my machine. All i got was press any key for cd / dvd to run then hdd boots in.

Just to put some closure on this any ideas anyone?

Topic starter Posted : 09/12/2010 3:28 pm
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That's a tough one. I best bet is something to do with either the DVD burner itself, or possibly something set incorrectly in the BIOS. I guess you could try resetting it to see if that makes any difference.

Posted : 09/12/2010 6:37 pm

Nice to see you around here again Infectious. 🙂

I had similar experience with XP not booting, it had to do with the first XP version not having SATA support, i had to burn a slip stream XP with service pack two for it to work.

Posted : 09/12/2010 7:15 pm

@Darken1 50838 wrote:

Nice to see you around here again Infectious. 🙂

yea seriously, me too. where ya been ? too long time no see. don't be shy !

Posted : 10/12/2010 8:56 am

Welcome back dudes 🙂

Posted : 10/12/2010 11:16 am

Ah hey guys ty for the welcome back, have been a bit pre-occupied with wow.. started again and leveling a warlock from scratch.. level 71 atm 🙂

I did change bios to boot from cd drive. Im guessing that seeing as it was all SATA you may well be onto something there. TY x

Topic starter Posted : 11/12/2010 1:19 am