my desktop wont boot, either normally or in safe mode, it gets as far as the windows loading bar and then goes to a blue screen of death and displays the message: page_error_in_non-page_area. or something like that, I have all my data backed up, so Ive decided to reformat.
when I boot from the xp disk and go to format it displays an error message saying that it cannot find a hard drive and to make sure that a hdd is plugged in powered up etc.
it's a 120gig SATA Hitachi deskstar, I searched this forum and a couple of posts suggested that you need some kind of floppy to boot SATA drives when installing windows, but this seems unlikely in my situation because of the relatively small size of the hdd, also the bios is relatively new. my whole system is just over a year old, and in any case the hitachigst website said that they dont offer drivers for download because they should be included in the OS (I use xp-pro btw)
Ive also searched around on the net and found a number pages saying that the error message could indicate a problem either with the RAM chips or a corrupted hdd, so ive put some different sticks in, with the same results.
ive plugged in an ancient 20gig IDE hdd and managed to boot it on safe mode on windows98 (which was already installed on said old hdd) so I reckon its probably my hdd which is broken, which is a bitch, given its relative newness
before I go ahead and buy a new hdd, is there some kind of generic boot disk available for sata hdds i can get on the net, or is it possible to format a drive outside of windows before (trying to) re-installing xp onto it? or is there another solution to this problem that ive overlooked, and which doesnt invole financial outlay? :P
any help would be appreciated^_^