[QUOTE=Rennis;2250540]hey, a friend of mine wanted me to fix an old pc for him…the specs are M2N-MX SE
AMD Sempron 3000+
80 gig Hard-Drive
512 MB ram
i think it’s a Nvidia 7950
okay here’s my issue, i installed windows from the boot up screen, and after it installs windows, it doesn’t load up windows no splash screen or nothing…a blank black screen with a cursor with be up for a while and instead of loading windows and finishing the installation it just goes through the whole process over again by inspecting your systems hardware and what not and want to install windows over again…i dont know if just has bad hard drive or what…any help would be nice thanks[/QUOTE]
- What was causing the need for a fix ?
- Are you using a genuine Windows disk as opposed to a Recovery disk ?
- Does “from the boot up screen” mean that you correctly “booted to” the Windows disk from a cold start ?
My initial take is that you are pressing “Boot from CD” at the second prompt.
If you do this you will end up in the endless loop that you desribe.
When you see the second prompt, simply ignore it and let Windows complete the install.
After the successful install…
You may have to call Bangalore for an activation key, not the product key which you must already have, so be prepared to do that.
For an easy experience with Linux and the building of a “Live CD” (per Geno) from an ISO, everything you need is in this link :
Puppy is an amazing, very capable lightweight distro of only 90 - 100 MB so the D/L is fast and support is amongst the best…it’s an Australian project. I’ve been using 4.1.2 and I see that there is a newer version now.
- D/L the ISO and place send it to your desktop…don’t open it. (choose an http mirror if you have any probs with the ftp mirrors)
- Use BrnCDCC or IMGburn to burn the ISO to disk (find the tutorial in the link I provided)
- “Boot to” the newly created Puppy LiveCD and enjoy a very smart, fast OS without having to load it onto your hard drive…it loads into RAM so you can actually remove the LiveCD and use the drive.
Big heavyweight distro LiveCD’s run from the optical drive, tying it up and they run slower since they have to access the optical drive.