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Thread: WinXP Pro BSOD on install!!




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    OK here's the problem:
    I just got WinXP yesterday and went to install as dual-boot setup on my system. I set up a seperate 25 Gig partition on my drive and began setup. After rebooting from win98 and beginning the first stages of WinXP installation I got a BSOD. I tried starting the setup over again and got the BSOD at about the same spot. I know this could be a hardware issue, but this is a brand new system and I haven't had any BSOD in Win98, period. Two things I can think of:
    1)I just installed a new NIC yesterday and it did seem to be acting up a little in Win98.
    2)WinXP doesn't like the way I have the partitions setup on the HD

    I ran scandisk on the HD and of course there weren't any errors found. I'm hoping someone here might be able to clue me in on exactly where the problem may be or give me a good direction to go in.

    Thanks in advance!

    :cheers:
    Specs:

    AMD Athlon XP 2000+
    EPoX 8K3A+
    Corsair XMS2700 512MB DDR333
    Leadtek Winfast A250 Ultra TD 128MB GeForce 4 Ti4600
    SB Audigy Gamer
    Intel 10/100 Pro NIC
    Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM ATA100 Special Edition w/ 8MB Cache
    Pioneer 16X DVD-106s
    Plextor 40x12x40 CD-RW
    Teac 1.44 Floppy
    Enermax 550W PSU
    Altec Lansing 641 4.1 Speaker System
    Antex SX1240 Full-Tower
    Win98SE / WinXP Pro

    3DMark 2001SE - 11,659 (Stock) 12,670 (O/C'd)

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    Hmmm, I had a similar problem recently. I tried installing XP on a new system that I'd just built and I was getting truck loads of errors during the install. The errors were mostly that the files were being copied from the cd incorrectly but I did get a few blue screens also. After a lot of messing around, I discovered that I had dodgy memory. Once replaced the XP install was flawless.

    I may be talking crap, this could well be totally unrelated to your problem. I did get a few blue screens come up like you but I mostly had copy errors. Even though you had win98 installed and running, I'm not convinced that your memory is working ok. From what I've seen, Win98 isn't that fussy. It'll try to use whatever memory it finds, and if there is data corruption then it'll just go a bit spazzo. I'm guessing XP just isn't as forgiving. If nothing else maybe just try swapping the ram as a test, what have ya got to loose ??!

    Just some thoughts, do with them what you will


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    All thoughts are welcome :)
    I was thinking it might be that I'm running my memory timings too aggressively also. I will back them down to safer settings.
    If that doesn't do it, I may try installing WinXP from my Plextor instead of my Pioneer, that may also be causing the problem.

    More thoughts are welcome, I'll take any ideas you got:cheers:
    Specs:

    AMD Athlon XP 2000+
    EPoX 8K3A+
    Corsair XMS2700 512MB DDR333
    Leadtek Winfast A250 Ultra TD 128MB GeForce 4 Ti4600
    SB Audigy Gamer
    Intel 10/100 Pro NIC
    Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM ATA100 Special Edition w/ 8MB Cache
    Pioneer 16X DVD-106s
    Plextor 40x12x40 CD-RW
    Teac 1.44 Floppy
    Enermax 550W PSU
    Altec Lansing 641 4.1 Speaker System
    Antex SX1240 Full-Tower
    Win98SE / WinXP Pro

    3DMark 2001SE - 11,659 (Stock) 12,670 (O/C'd)

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    Here's a good way to check, Memtest86. Save that to your hard drive then unpact it to a floppy. Turn your PC off and insert the Floppy (make sure that ya PC is set to boot from) and follow the simple instructions to run a continuous memory test which will soon tell you if the memory maybe ya prob. Also yes your memory timings matbe the cause also. :smokin:
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    Will do!

    Thanks and take care :cheers:
    Specs:

    AMD Athlon XP 2000+
    EPoX 8K3A+
    Corsair XMS2700 512MB DDR333
    Leadtek Winfast A250 Ultra TD 128MB GeForce 4 Ti4600
    SB Audigy Gamer
    Intel 10/100 Pro NIC
    Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM ATA100 Special Edition w/ 8MB Cache
    Pioneer 16X DVD-106s
    Plextor 40x12x40 CD-RW
    Teac 1.44 Floppy
    Enermax 550W PSU
    Altec Lansing 641 4.1 Speaker System
    Antex SX1240 Full-Tower
    Win98SE / WinXP Pro

    3DMark 2001SE - 11,659 (Stock) 12,670 (O/C'd)

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    Well guys, I got it working. It had nothing to do with the memory or anything else we were talking about. I have my hard drive connecting to the built in RAID controller on my mobo. When I was trying to run the setup, it didn't even see the hard drive partitions I had made. That had me thinking for a second.
    Then I remembered at the beginning of setup it said "press F6 to install 3rd party SCSI or RAID controllers" or something like that. That's exactly what I had to do. I used the floppy that came with the mobo that had the RAID controller drivers on it and setup continued without a hitch.
    So it turns out that my memory is fine, which I was relieved to find out. Phew! :D

    BTW check out my new top score in 3DMark - 11,113 with the 30.30's in WinXP...I was surprised to see it beat Win98SE by that much, and without much tweaking done yet.
    Specs:

    AMD Athlon XP 2000+
    EPoX 8K3A+
    Corsair XMS2700 512MB DDR333
    Leadtek Winfast A250 Ultra TD 128MB GeForce 4 Ti4600
    SB Audigy Gamer
    Intel 10/100 Pro NIC
    Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM ATA100 Special Edition w/ 8MB Cache
    Pioneer 16X DVD-106s
    Plextor 40x12x40 CD-RW
    Teac 1.44 Floppy
    Enermax 550W PSU
    Altec Lansing 641 4.1 Speaker System
    Antex SX1240 Full-Tower
    Win98SE / WinXP Pro

    3DMark 2001SE - 11,659 (Stock) 12,670 (O/C'd)

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    Glad to hear that ya done well there and that the problem was easily fixed. :thumb:
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    Yes, glad you're up and running and another testament to XP. Were you running a raid array before?

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    Nope, and I don't plan on running a RAID array anytime in the near future(I've spent too much $ already), although it would be interesting to see what 2 of the HDs I have would be able to do together.

    So far I like how XP is working for me. Much quicker boot than 98, and it's rock solid.
    Specs:

    AMD Athlon XP 2000+
    EPoX 8K3A+
    Corsair XMS2700 512MB DDR333
    Leadtek Winfast A250 Ultra TD 128MB GeForce 4 Ti4600
    SB Audigy Gamer
    Intel 10/100 Pro NIC
    Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM ATA100 Special Edition w/ 8MB Cache
    Pioneer 16X DVD-106s
    Plextor 40x12x40 CD-RW
    Teac 1.44 Floppy
    Enermax 550W PSU
    Altec Lansing 641 4.1 Speaker System
    Antex SX1240 Full-Tower
    Win98SE / WinXP Pro

    3DMark 2001SE - 11,659 (Stock) 12,670 (O/C'd)

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    Yes, now I don't have to reboot at lunchtime to keep the BSOD away.

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