Trouble With INtel Boot during reinstall ?


I am having some problems reinstalling XP on my old Toshiba A40 laptop. Its an old works pc but serves my purposes well.

It has recently been giving me some problems so I decided to reinstall XP as there was a lot of software that I have installed over the years that I no longer use.

So instead of having some of these only half uninstalled I decided a clean install would be best, for me anyway as I dont clean up registers etc anyway.

So, I cranked up the XP disc and it asked if I wanted to download the latest files, for the install I thought, which I decided to do. However it seemed to download a lot of updates too, but thats not important for this.

When it came to the install options, I wanted to delete the partition and reformat the C: drive to get my clean install but this was not permitted as I had downloaded files on the HDD which were required and so could not be deleted. Makes sense I guess.

So I decided to do the minimum install and try to delete these files or see if they were deleted after the install.

This was not the case, or beyond my capabilities.

So I tried the install again, in the hope that if I didnt download the files again, I could do the delete and reformat, but this was not the case. no matter what I tried.

I tried several times using whatever install options I could find, including copying all the install files to the HDD, which seems to be a huge mistake.

In the past, I have had the following message as start-up which has not caused me any issues, so I havent looked into it before -

Intel (R) Boot FE v4.1.10

Initialising and Establishing link

PXE-E01 - Media Test Failure. Chech cable
PXE-M0F - Exiting Intel Boot Agent.

And now, after the above messages, I get the following -

Please select the operating system to start :

Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Setup

Use the Up and Down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice.

Press ENTER to choose.

etc etc etc.

When I choose the XP Pro option it obviously just loads up the minimum install that I have already put on the HDD which is not the clean version I had wanted, tho it is much quicker already.

When I choose the XP Pro Setup option, it sends me right into the XP Pro setup, without giving me any chance to load any other CD, no matter what I have in the CD-drive.

So I am stuck in a catch 22 situation.

I have create a CD with some utilities that should allow me to reformat the C: drive but I obviously cant boot from this CD because of the above.

I have the following Bios settings too, incase u need this info.

ACPI Bios V1.50
Boot seq - CD-ROM->LAN->HDD->FDD
Network Boot Protocol - PXE (not RPL).

I have never booted from the LAN or FDD (whatever that is), so have no idea why they are in there or how to remove them.

I have looked thru ur forum and see that the Intel Boot FE V4.1.10 might be an issue with this ??

I you can stop laughing at my current situation and let me know how I can get out if this, without using a hammer, please let me know.

Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

Cheers, George.
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  1. It sounds like you started to install XP from the existing OS in the first place as the initial setup off the CD will not ask you do download anything. If you are trying to just install a clean version of XP, boot off the CD. It will ask you about some partition information, select to delete them all, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE NO DATA YOU NEED ON THE DRIVE FIRST, this will wipe your drive.

    After you delete the partitions, select the empty disk area and create a new partition, do a quick format to NTFS, no need for a full one. Then run through the setup. Pre-download the drivers for the computer beforehand and keep them handy on a disk to finish setting up the system.

    The boot message you used to get just came from your boot order, you have Network Boot selected ahead of the hard drive. To speed things up, I suggest you change the boot order to Hard Drive first once you get Windows loaded up.
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