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    Default XP 64 Install Problems

    I've been trying a fresh install of XP 64 on an Abit An8 Ultra, AMD X2 3800+ CPU (using a DVD-CD combo burner) with 1 GB of Ultra Memory to a 200 GB WD SATA Hard drive. There's a PNY PC express Nvidia GeForce 6600 vid card and no other cards so far. It loads the first two phases of the usual Windows drivers etc., then, after the white line goes by and the first XP screen appears, when it's time to boot the stuff from the HDD/CD and complete the rest of the installation, I get BSOD with error messages. I looked into the error messages but basically that wasn't very helpful. Is there something special about using an SATA drive or might it be that I need to F6 something into the system before it boots? I don't know where to go with this. I was thinking of using a regular drive, not SATA, smaller size, to see if maybe that's the problem. Could it be the Memory chip? Any help much appreciated.

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    Default Re: XP 64 Install Problems

    Are you loading the proper drivers for the SATA controller of the motherboard (and yes, this is done via the F6 menu when the install initially begins)? If you don't have it handy you will need to download it from the motherboard manufacturer and copy it to a floppy disk. Windows XP does not natively support SATA drives, but if you later decide to move to Vista, it does and no F6 drivers are required.
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    Default Re: XP 64 Install Problems

    My XP SP2 CD natively supports all current popular SATA controllers. Not sure if it's just the image I have, or SP2, but it's really easy to get the XP CD to support SATA without needing drivers from a floppy. A current version of XP 64 may very well support his controller from the start. It usually won't get recognize the drive in the installer if it doesn't. It doesn't seem likely that it has a bad driver for his controller and it's causing a BSOD.

    Depending on the error, it may be more helpful than you realize. What error were you getting?

    As far as hardware goes, you could run the system through memtest86+ and get a utility from WD that will allow you to test the drive for faults, bad sectors, and corrupted data.

    All that said, it's possible a bad SATA drive cold cause this. Make a boot disc of the latest x64 version of your SATA controller's drivers.

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    Default Re: XP 64 Install Problems

    I found out last night that with my version of XP sp1 that I needed the SATA drivers installed for my new Asus M2N-E SLI board or the same thing happens. Took me awhile to figure it out but I got it. Just follow Darthtanion's info and life will be good again.
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    Default Re: XP 64 Install Problems

    Thanks for the replies. I eventually booted to an older IDE HDD but the SATA was perfect physically, so it must have been the controller driver problem that was causing the BSOD when I was trying to install the XP.

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