New Problems with Windows XP Media Center Edition and CD-ROM

vbimport

#1

I reloaded Windows XP Media Center Edition finally.
Had to clear CMOS to get the CD-ROM to work.

#1
Now I have upon start up -
Drive 1 not found
Drive 2 not found
I only have a CD-ROM installed and works fine.

#2
Windows XP Media Center Edition won’t start, but READS -
Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
But will start using XP Home Edition.

#3
I loaded one program (TubeCAD) and got two
Exception EGPFault windows and the program won’t start.
The program works fine on this computer which is identical.

TIA
DanL


#2

[QUOTE=danlaudionut;2673966]Had to clear CMOS to get the CD-ROM to work[/quote] That doesn’t sound very stable :slight_smile:

#1
Now I have upon start up -
Drive 1 not found
Drive 2 not found
I only have a CD-ROM installed and works fine.

Pretty sure that’s just your bios overview

#2
Windows XP Media Center Edition won’t start, but READS -
Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
But will start using XP Home Edition.

Wuh?

#3
I loaded one program (TubeCAD) and got two
Exception EGPFault windows and the program won’t start.
The program works fine on this computer which is identical.

What hardware are you running this on?


#3

My Dell E510 wouldn’t boot from the CD-ROM drive
because in BIOS System Setup the CD-ROM
was not recognized as available during reboot.

This shows up EVERY time I start the computer.
Then I have to press F1 to continue startup.

I loaded Windows XP Media Edition, eliminated every partition,
so it was loaded completely fresh but won’t load.
Declares disk hardware configuration problem.
But after I press F1 from last step, the option is displayed
between Media Center and Home Edition is displayed.
If Home Edition is chosen then the above screen comes on.

I have TWO Dell E510 computers, I am on one right now
which runs the Tube CAD with no problem.
I bought a second computer because I am experiencing problems
with this computer but had no recovery discs and was too old
to get new recovery discs so I bought an identical model off EBAY
for cheap that came with recovery discs.
I figured I should try to practice rebooting on the newly
acquired machine before I tried doing it on this one and
I could rename it mine and also be the administrator.

DanL


#4

Try entering the BIOS with F2 . Use the computer administrator password if you set it up to have one.
That is not the Windows administrator password.
Once in as administrator set the boot or start up order you want.
This may correct the display you get at start up.


#5

Try replacing the MB battery.


#6

Thanks Problem #1 fixed.
Now only 2 to go.

DanL


#7

Just to be clear Cholla’s posts cured Problem #1.

I don’t see how it could be the battery for Problem #2 or 3.

I do have more memory on the way but 1 Meg
should be enough for the TubeCAD since
the whole program is less than 1 Meg.

DanL


#10

[QUOTE=danlaudionut;2673992]My Dell E510[/quote] Wow, a 6 year old computer. No wonder the Cmos battery was dead.

I loaded Windows XP Media Edition, eliminated every partition,
so it was loaded completely fresh but won’t load.
Why the media edition? Why not the normal edition?

I have TWO Dell E510 computers, I am on one right now
which runs the Tube CAD with no problem.
I don’t know Tube Cad. Is it this product?

I have some trouble understanding some of your sentences. Apologies for that.

I bought a second computer
So let me get this straight. How many computers in total? Still 2? And one has problems, right?

I figured I should try to practice rebooting on the newly
acquired machine before I tried doing it on this one and
I could rename it mine and also be the administrator.

If these computers are identical to another, you could possible clone the harddisk. This is a pretty safe and easy thing to do, which takes the data on one harddisk and copies it to another. Of course it will destroy any data on the target harddisk that might have been there. If everything works (which it should, because the machines are identical), you will only be required to give the cloned machine a new unique identifier (= computer name).


#11

It came stock with the Windows XP Media Edition
so i figured that it was designed for it.

Tube CAD is a vacuum tube design software because
that is what I do mainly on the computer.
My whole stereo is tube based, designed and built by me.

It is my hobby and my passion.

I googled and asked at Staples about cloning and
all I got were file transfer options.
I will try that Freeware tomorrow.

Eventually I wanted to reload Xp on this machine because
this one cannot load any more drivers on it.
I have to plug both the mouse and the keyboard into
their each exact “right” usb ports to get them to work.
Also cannot load any printer drivers (I tried a Lexmark & HP)
so my printers now collect dust.

DanL


#12

If cloning is the route you go the freeware Clonezilla is highly recomended.
AllanDegroot has posted several times here about it.
Below is a link to a search for his posts on it.
I know at least one of them has a guide.
http://club.myce.com/search.php?searchid=4526990

One problem the clone might have & something you will need to fix.
You will need to put the Windows XP key for the computer it is on .
If you don’t MS will probably detect you are using XP with the same key on two different computers .

I don’t know about the CAD software .

On a different & not asked question.
Have you tried the ps2 dongles for your keyboard & mouse ?
If your computer has those inputs it might be worth a try.


#13

Just thought of something…
If I clone this computer then wouldn’t the other computer
have the same problem that this one have?
I would have two disfunctional computers.
Kind of defeats the purpose of buying the other computer.

DanL


#14

You clone the correctly functioning computer to the one that is not.
I have cloned hard drives but never computer to computer so I’m not sure how to do it . Or the problems it might have.
I know about the key because I have a cloned internal drive in my desktop.
This is a second hard drive with the main hard drive cloned to it.
When I boot to it I get a warning but it does function.
If it was the only hard drive with the OS on it I think the warning would go away.
The problem I think you will have is the need to change the Windows key.
The clone will have the key of the computere it was cloned from.
You will need to change it to the key of the computer it is now on.
I assume you have a different Windows key for each computer.


#15

This computer (which “functions”) doesn’t load drivers.
As I said before -
"Eventually I wanted to reload Xp on this machine because
this one cannot load any more drivers on it.
I have to plug both the mouse and the keyboard into
their each exact “right” usb ports to get them to work.
Also cannot load any printer drivers (I tried a Lexmark & HP)
so my printers now collect dust."
I don’t want this problem on BOTH computers.
I want to use my printer.
Is it too much to ask for the TubeCAD
AND the printer to work???

DanL


#16

[I]I am making headway on my problems.[/I]

#1
Now I have upon start up -
Drive 1 not found
Drive 2 not found
[B]Found the jumpers on the back of the drives need to be in “cable select mode”.[/B]

#2
Windows XP Media Center Edition won’t start, but READS -
Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
[B]I need to install SP3 to correct the problem according to Microsoft Support site.[/B]

#3
I loaded one program (TubeCAD) and got two
Exception EGPFault windows and the program won’t start.
[B]Hpofully the SP3 will help with this too.[/B]

DanL


#17

Updated the drivers and the TubeCAD problem was solved.

DanL