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[SOLVED] Help formatting

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Hey everyone,

I want to format so I can switch back to XP from Vista. However:

1- I`m unable to boot from the Vista installation DVD.
2- when I boot from the win XP CD, it fails after a while (when starting windows to get to the repair/install menu) with this error code: STOP oxoooooo7b.
3- I don't have a floppy drive and therefore cannot install additional drivers for setup, nor specify any SCSI adapters. But, when I chose this option (hitting f6 during installation) setup does tell me that it cannot recognize any mass storage devices.

I had this problem before, when formatting from a newer version of XP with an older installation CD. Back then, I solved the problem by formatting with the Vista DVD.

Does anyone have an idea how I can manage the format?

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Re: Help formatting

Greetings papaveracee, Welcome to TSF! :wave:

Perhaps this guide may be of assistance to you...

The Windows® XP Installation Check List.

1. The Windows® XP SP2-CD (naturally) :grin:

2. Darik's Boot N Nuke (Click the coloured Link).

3. Please read this guide.

4. The Motherboard CD that contains all the necessary Drivers etc.

A couple of tips...
a. Darik's Boot N Nuke will take about 4½ hours to completely wipe the Drive; however, this will vary depending on how big the Drive is. (That estimate is for a 80Gb HDD). Wiping the HDD this way will give you the best chance of a 'clean' uninterrupted installation.

b. When you get to Figure 7 in 'The Guide', you can create more than one partition here by simply telling Windows® how big you want it. Should you do decide to create an extra partition, it will not be active until you do so after the installation is over and done with...we can give you guidance as to how this is done, so partition away if you wish.

c. Once the installation is finished, with all the Motherboard Drivers installed, and Internet connected, I strongly recommend that you install a reputable Anti Virus program first; then, go to the Windows Update Site and download all the updates (including SP3).
AVG™ is has a very good free version available here.

d. DO NOT have any unnecessary items; such as, USB cameras, Printers etc., attached to the machine...install all these after the installation is finished, and fully updated from Microsoft®.

If you are uncertain about anything here, do not hesitate to ask for assistance.

Good Luck with this task; when you have finished, please report back with the success or failure of the installation.

Kind Regards,
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Thanks for the tip chauffeur2!

For some reason, I can't boot from the many boot cd's of DBAN I created... I did manage to boot from a USB flash drive, but the SYSLINUX program that runs then fails to load the appropriate kernel image.

I went through all the DBAN FAQ and troubleshooting I could, but didn't find an answer.

Any ideas?

Thanks again!
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Are you sure to burned the ISO image to the blank CD and not just wrote the file to the CD?

You can use a program likeImgBurn to burn the ISO image to a blank CD.
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Yup, burned a cd from the iso img in like 3 different programs, and saw that it wasn't the iso file but the actual boot files that were copied onto the cd's, but all three of them failed to boot.

It's so weird that Vista will load and format no problem but that I can't do it with XP...

I'll try installing third party drivers even though they should be embedded in the XP inst CD.

Will let you know.
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What 3rd Party Drivers are you talking about?
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is the bios set to boot from cd first
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Hey guys,

Ok, just so it's clear, this is not my first time formatting! ;) I've done it countless times.

So yes, I prioritised my DVD drive in the boot menu sequence, in order to boot from CD.

The thing is, for some reason, when I use an XP inst CD, I get an error code before windows finishes loading up all its drivers etc: STOP oxoooooo7b, which basically means it couldn't detect my hard drive. This problem does not occur when I use a Vista inst CD.

Therefore, I believe I have 1 of 2 problems:
1- hardware problem with my hard drive; though I think this is unlikely cause I can format and install fine with Vista.
2- the embedded XP drivers are insufficient to run one of my devices; which is why I wanted to try to install 3rd party drivers (for my hard drive, mother board and controllers) upon XP load up. Unfortunately, I don't have a floppy drive and XP seems unable to load drivers from another source in the load up menu.

With regards to DBAN:
1- I am certain I have correctly burned the boot CD, which fails to boot.
2- When I succeed to boot from a USB flash drive, I enter the DBAN's Syslinux program but it fails to load the appropriate kernel images, and I don't know what command to type in the command prompt to get it going (I tried the autonuke command and all possible kernel file names, but I always get the same message: failed to load kernel image).

Finally, I've detected a ghost partition on my drive called EISA or something like that. Could that be interfering with the formatting or DBAN process?


On another note, I did manage to format and reinstall Vista so that it's running well. So if we don't figure this out no worries. At least I can use my computer! ;) But I would like to come back to XP...
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