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07-10-2005, 03:17 AM
I just built a new computer because my old harddrive died. I am trying to
install XP now.

When I boot from my XP CD, I get the windows setup screen, and it loads all
it's files. Then I get the error: "An unexpected error (257) occurred at
line 5118 in
d:\xpclient\base\boot\setup\setup.c. Press any key to continue." When I
hit a key, about a minute passes then the Welcome to Setup screen comes up.
I accepted the license agreement, then it says it can't find a previous
version of windows so I put in my win98 cd. It accepts that and then says
that it found "32248 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atipi [MBR], partition1
[unknown]. I delete the partition so it will create a new one. This is a
200 Gig Seagate model ST3200822A drive. But at this point, I don't care what
size it says it is. I just want to get this system up and running.

I hit enter, and use the default NTFS file system formatting. It takes
about 5 minutes to format. Then I get the message: "Setup was unable to
format the partition. The disk may be damaged." It also says the usual -
make sure power is connected, etc. It tells me that I must select a
different partition for Windows XP. I have tried a different harddrive with
the same results.

Any suggestions would sure be appreciated....



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