Need Help With Installing Windows XP Pro SP2

@forptc (290)
Philippines
September 10, 2009 2:10pm CST
Currently, I'm setting up my brother-in-law's laptop, attempted to install a fresh copy of Windows XP Pro with SP2. I'm having a really bad time with it and have almost exhausted all necessary means I know of. Here are the details: The unit is an IBM Thinkpad 2628-RSU running on Intel Pentium III 850 and roughly 346MHz of memory (if I recall right). This is my first time to encounter this kind of error: installation hangs up between the 35-39 minute mark and I don't know why. I've already disabled all possible hardware that might have a problem with the installation, used different copies of the OS, tried to set-up a Windows 98 then upgraded to XP. I can't get the installation done and I'm about to lose my mind! I need help!!!
2 responses
• United States
10 Sep 09
how much ram is the laptop running and what is harddrive size...
@forptc (290)
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
It's running on 384MB with a 20GB HDD.
• United States
10 Sep 09
thats ur problem upgrade ram to 512mb i had a thinkpad they are awesome.... i would also recomend a external harddrive for space of files.... 20gb is small in todays computer world but just update your ram to 512mb that is standard for xp
@forptc (290)
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
Thanks for the suggestion. Only problem with this is it's going to be rather difficult to look for parts. And I'm not really aiming for an upgrade, just to get past successfully installing Windows XP on this Windows 98 optimized laptop, which actually sucks. =( If ever you do come across other options, I'd be more than thankful and glad to try it out. I think it's a hardware conflict of sorts but I just can't put my finger into it. Pff... x(
@cmdr001 (371)
• Portugal
10 Sep 09
Like this is a bit difficult to give many suggestions. You mention you already disabled all that you could so it's hard to tell what more you can do. Last time I had similar problems it was over one of the components, but, I'm not sure what. If you have nothing... Ethernet card, modem, everything off and it still doesn't install, I'm somewhat clueless. The memory surely isn't the problem because I had weaker systems than that running XP.
@forptc (290)
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
Well thanks a lot for the effort and I commend you for that. It really doesn't have any other add-ons like PCMCIA cards, Ethernet, USB, modem...everything else and I've practically disabled everything I could disable in the BIOS and I'm about to go crazy figuring out what the problem is. I've tried googling but I couldn't find any answer that matches. There are posts with the same problem but not with the same equipment or device, they've all posted about either desktops or higher-end laptops which makes me a lot more clueless. Yep, I've also tried running XP on certain stone-aged systems (haha, not quite appropriate a term but yeah, it does fit) that meet the minimum requirements but this is definitely the very first time I've encountered this kind of problem. Ugh, really nasty. Thanks anyway and if ever you do come across something like this, do tell, I'll appreciate it a whole lot.