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Hey gang,

 

Here's the situation.

 

A friend brought me his dell latitude laptop. said he got in the wrong place. he did. he repartitioned it.

 

so when I tried to re-install his xp disk it goes throught all the right motions until it actually starts to do the installation

and then quits with a blue screen saying to check in newly added hardware, windows cannot install.

 

He DID tell me that as soon as he unplugs the chord he gets battery low message; or he used to . heh heh

 

Anyway, do you think that the onboard battery could be the problem or is it likely a bad motherboard?

 

thanks

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The battery isn't likely to stop windows installing ( unless you take the power off, and it looses all the cmos data )

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So, are we thinking motherboard, Andy?

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Could be several things mike, usually the clue is in the error message. It could be the motherboard, could be memory. If you have it open reseat everything thats connected. Drive cables, power and memory. Was anything new installed? New memory, new drive? If so start with that.

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Sorry I have been "holidayed" ! ( Is that a word? ) heh.

 

Just got the go from laptop owner to dismantle the little beast.

 

I will get back here and let you know what I find.

 

Actually nothing had been added, according to the owner. He said it just acted funny ( that's helpful ) and so he

found his way in to the fdisk program and that's where we are now.

 

I reset the partitions and formatted again.

 

Will decapitate the beast and get back to you.

 

thanks

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