New CPU/MB/RAM - WinXP crashes at loadscreen

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January 21, 2011 at 10:06:17
Specs: Windows XP, intel i5 2500k/Corsair ddr3 1333
So i wanted to upgrade my old System, bought a new cpu(intel i5 2500k)/motherboard(asus p8h67-v)/ram(Corsair ddr3 1333 2x4gb), power supply(bequiet! pure power 530w), hdd(samsung sata 7200rmp 1tb), and graphics card(radeon hd6850). I didn't try out the graphics card yet, but the new power supply and hdd are working just fine with my old motherboard combo. But when i switch in the new cpu/mb/ram, it always crashes at the windows xp loading screen. The bios runs just fine and tells me all the components are recognized and in order. I also tried to boot from the xp cd, but i'm getting the same blue screen i get when i try to boot from hdd. I already tried switching out the ram modules, same blue screen. I still have the old 32-bit windows xp, could that be a problem? I'm getting win 7 soon though. And my old athlon 64 had no problems with that xp, im running on that old setup right now to have internet. Any ideas what the problem could be? if its not the OS then i'm out of ideas.
Thanks for any help.

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January 21, 2011 at 10:35:57
Hy. Yes the problem might be your xp windows which is not relly designed to know what is 8gb of ram memory. Windows xp 32 bit can recon less than 3 gb memory maybe that's why craches and also you should check your motherboard manual to see what kind of ram memories supports. user guide.

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January 21, 2011 at 10:38:57
did you reinstall xp when you installed the new motherboard??


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January 21, 2011 at 10:43:40

Here's an article on how to benchtest you new build. You should always benchtest before you assemble a computer.

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January 21, 2011 at 10:48:32
larryf215, I would if i could but as i wrote i'm getting the same bluescreen when i try to boot from cd. Im not even seeing the menu, just the bios-blue loading screen where it asks me if i want to install raid drivers, i press no then it loads for a bit and crashes with a nice generic blue screen with some standard tips like deactivating shadowing in bios and stuff. But it doesnt give any clue as to what the problem is. The manual states that the mainboard can handle ddr3-1066 and 1333 ram. Funny thing is, i'm getting the same bluescreen when i put a lone 2gb 1600 ram stick in my new motherboard. I don't have a below 4gb 1333 stick though so i can't try out what would happen then.

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January 21, 2011 at 13:16:47
XP only supports 4GB RAM but only 3.0GB +/- will actually be useable. Why are you attempting to run XP in the 1st place? You MUST load the RAID drivers at the very beginning of the installation! XP will NOT recognize the SATA hard drive without them. Do you have a floppy drive? As a work-around, enter the BIOS & change the SATA controller to IDE Compatibility mode. And reduce your RAM amount to 4GB. Then try to install XP. Once you get it installed, load the RAID drivers, then go back into the BIOS & change the SATA controller setting again. Or better yet, get a copy of Win7 64-bit. The SATA drivers are built into the OS plus you'll be able to use the entire 8GB of RAM.

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January 21, 2011 at 13:36:29
The ide setting was default, i already tried other settings too. Also, i thought using raid was an option? I do have two sata drives and both run without problems right now... with my old motherboard, anyway. I also tried running it with one 1333 ram stick, same error. I should be able to get win7 next week. Still... i dont think that a shiny new cd will fix my blue screen problems... but i will try that, since im pretty desperate already.

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January 21, 2011 at 15:21:07
I'm really getting sick of explaining this. Someone (maybe me) should create a "how to" that can be linked to every time the question is asked. Anyhow, it's impossible to install XP to an SATA HDD without doing one of these 3 things:

1. load the SATA/RAID drivers at the start of the installation by press F6, then installing them from a floppy disk

2. enter the BIOS & change the SATA to IDE compatibility mode, install XP, install the SATA drivers, then change back to SATA mode again

3. create a completely new XP disc with the SATA/RAID drivers slipstreamed into it. A program called nLite is needed to create the new disk. And you'll obviously need a XP disc to copy the files from PLUS the SATA/RAID drivers.

You MUST do one of the 3 or you can NOT install XP.

I just downloaded your board's user manual so that I can get the terminology correct. You need to enter the BIOS, go to the SATA Configuration menu, then make sure SATA Mode is set to IDE Mode. Also, make sure the SATA Controller is set to Enhanced. And check the boot order to make sure the CD/DVD drive is listed before the HDD.

One other thing, if you're trying to boot off a HDD that already has XP pre-installed, that's adding to your problems. XP cannot be transferred from one system to another. It MUST be reinstalled or at the very least, repaired.

How to Perform a Repair Installation

BTW, you'll find the SATA driver at the Asus site, but you should already have it on the drivers disc that came with your board:

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January 22, 2011 at 03:27:56
Uhh... thanks for your help, though i stated in the above comment that the ide setting was the default setting in the bios so i didnt need to change that. That means your point 2 doesnt do any good. Just to give you guys some feedback, i got it to work. It got nothing to do with faulty hardware. I created a xp cd with sp2 slipstreamed into it (that what you were talking about in point 3?) and suddenly i could navigate into the install menu for a clean xp install when i booted from cd. Anyhow it didnt let me, because it did not recognize my original(!!!) xp home cd as genuine. So what i did was getting my hands on a xp prof. 64-bit version (not so genuine...) and you know what? I skipped the raid s--- again (since i didnt have any drivers for my hdd and didnt read your post before trying) and could install it without any problems. So it just wasnt possible to do it with my original xp home cd without any service packs. Maybe due to missing sata drivers, i dont know. Anyway thank's for your time. Here's the link to the forum that finally helped me solve this problem, just the first page:

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January 22, 2011 at 08:45:48
You know it is much simpler to get a motherboard that is sata ready under win xp
I am using a motherboard new yesterday sata drivers built in.

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