I dont know why it didnt work

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by MrSatan, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. MrSatan

    MrSatan MDL Novice

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    As a computer technician, I regularly reinstall windows and yesterday I reformatted an hp laptop. I wanted to activate using SLP method so I checked string in bios this is what I found:

    i.imgur.com/PbJGZ.png

    This is the same thing that I got when i booted off the OEM BIOS BOOTABLE CD.

    So I downloaded the uncompressed HP / Compaq (OEMBIOS.CAT CRC32=CD4E1902) and put the 4 files in the uncompressed folder of the OEMBIOS Changer Tool.

    I ran the changer for XP Home System and there were no errors everything went as usual but when I restarted windows was still not activated. I tried to install security essentials and it failed validation. I went to the activation wizard and it was still asking me for activation.

    I have no idea what I did wrong could I have used another bios set? The one I used was the only one that the computer could use according to the bios checker. I dont know whats up.
     
  2. urie

    urie Moderator
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    All I can suggest is try running the changer again as for the other two oem bios sets those are depreciated now.
     
  3. NICK@NUMBER11

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    #3 NICK@NUMBER11, Mar 17, 2012
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    These are the correct files that you need

    5 files to be placed in the i386 directory of your CD. the files are:
    OEMBIOS.BI_
    OEMBIOS.CA_
    OEMBIOS.DA_
    OEMBIOS.SI_
    winnt.sif

    and the Winnt.sif should have your key entered, see below

    Code:
    ;SetupMgrTag
    [Data]
        AutoPartition=0
        MsDosInitiated="0"
        UnattendedInstall="Yes"
        AutomaticUpdates=yes
    
    [Unattended]
        UnattendMode=FullUnattended
        OemSkipEula=Yes
        OemPreinstall=Yes
        TargetPath=\WINDOWS
        UnattendSwitch=Yes
        WaitForReboot=No
        Keyboardlayout="United Kingdom"
    
    [GuiUnattended]
        AdminPassword="Password Here"
        EncryptedAdminPassword=NO
        OEMSkipRegional=1
        TimeZone=85
        OemSkipWelcome=1
    
    [UserData]
        ProductKey=******************************
        FullName="Name"
        OrgName=""
        ComputerName=HP
    
    [Display]
        BitsPerPel=32
        Xresolution=1024
        YResolution=768
        Vrefresh=60
    
    [TapiLocation]
        CountryCode=44
        Dialing=Tone
        AreaCode=01454
    
    [RegionalSettings]
        LanguageGroup=1
        Language=00000809
    
    [Identification]
        JoinWorkgroup=WORKGROUP
    
    [Networking]
        InstallDefaultComponents=Yes
    
    [Components]
        msmsgs=off
        msnexplr=off
        Fax=On
    
    
     
  4. urie

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    #4 urie, Mar 17, 2012
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    If you are retail cd you will also need to change Setupp.ini file in i386 folder to oem.

    XP Home OEM:
    Code:
    [Pid]
    ExtraData=786F687170637175716954806365EF
    Pid=76477OEM
    XP Pro OEM:
    Code:
    [Pid]
    ExtraData=786F687170637175716954806365EF
    Pid=76487OEM
    
    Also you will find HP OEM SLP keys in OEMBIOS changer\Activation check and Serial tools folder in file named slpKeys_XP.txt.
     
  5. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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    It could be you need the other available set, reason why, explained here
     
  6. MrSatan

    MrSatan MDL Novice

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    #6 MrSatan, Mar 18, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012
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    Thank you all. I only used HP CD4E1902 bios set because when I was preparing my tools I downloaded all 91 bios sets from the The Windows XP OEMBIOS Archive onto a USB drive so I could have them offline and ready. I was not aware that HP 3BA155E1 existed because it is not on the list, but thanks to FreeStyler's link I found it on his skydrive. I then downloaded all bios sets from his skydrive and compared them to the ones from The Windows XP OEMBIOS Archive and my bios set list grew from 91 to 98 sets. These are the ones that I found additional if anyone finds it helpful.

    ASUS_B20C65BF
    COMPAQ_74572CCF
    Dell_63875D1F
    HP_3BA155E1
    RoverBook_91F00D40
    Sony_F08705E9
    THTF_7870B3C6


    Unfortunately, I was not able to test the HP 3BA155E1 set because I don't have the laptop anymore. I was in a hurry and had to get the job done. I use an XP HOME OEM SP3 cd which I converted from MSDN to OEM using the method described by urie and it activated online easily by inputting the key on the COA key on the bottom of the laptop. I would have liked to use the more elegant SLP method though. I'm sure it would have worked.

    @ NICK@NUMBER11:
    Thank you but I activate after I install windows It would be a hassle to carry dozens of cds instead of 1 cd and 1 usb with the bios sets.
     
  7. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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    there are currently 124 sets available, 104 unique sets and 20 redundant sets
     
  8. MrSatan

    MrSatan MDL Novice

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    Where do I get all of them?
     
  9. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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  10. MrSatan

    MrSatan MDL Novice

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    Cool thnx.
     
  11. MrSatan

    MrSatan MDL Novice

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    Reporting back. I have now have had 2 computers fixed in a row for which the HP 3BA155E1 set worked and the HP CD4E1902 did not.