1. Cannot install XP on an XP partition??
I'm working my way through a maze of problems to try and get my Media
Centre back up and running.
Basically, my ATI Radeon drivers seemed to get confused/corrupted after
plugging in a second display, and now the drivers crash each time
Windows start up. In order to check whether it's a hardware problem or
a deep driver problem (uninstalling/reinstalling the drivers didn't
work, and System Restore failed), I've decided to try reinstalling
Windows. I've Ghosted the partition as it is, and am now trying to
reinstall Windows XP over the existing install. The idea is that if it
also doesn't work on a vanilla XP build, it it's time to RMA the card.
So - I've booted off the XP (actually MCE 2005) install CD-ROM, hit f6
and loaded my Promise SATA WinXP drivers when prompted. It's now come
to the partition selection screen, and I can see my IDE (2 partitions)
and SATA (3 partitions) drives on there. My old XP was on SATA,
However - when I choose it, it always reports to me "However, this disk
does not contain a Windows XP-compatible partition". This despite there
being XP installed on it at the moment! The XP OS partition is a
Primary Partition (the rest being a single Extended split into two
logical parts); it's active, and formatted as NTFS. It should install
on here, no?
I've tried deleting and re-creating the partition; nothing. I've tried
using FIXBOOT and BOOTCFG on it, just for the hell of it. I'm not going
to touch FIXMBR, since it reports the drive as nonstandard (probably
due to the SATA controller), and I have 100Gb of data on the other
partitions. Unfortunately I don't have space to move that elsewhere, so
that I could wipe the entire drive.
Can anyone recommend what I can do to be able to reinstall Windows on
this machine? I don't think I'm doing anything other than when I first
installed it, and it's not giving me any other options to try here...
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