Reboot fail after first part of XP setup

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
December 24, 2009 at 16:15:36
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, I just had a new mother board P5QPL-
AM, with a 2go RAM DDR2 + ASUS passive
video card for upgrading my dad's pc.
I'm using a old 40gb IDE disk and an IDE
I try to install XP, but each time it does a
setup, then restart to continue the setup, and
all i get is a black screen with a blinking
cursor. No error message. I tried all the
possible BIOS combination. I try re-
formatting the HDD. I tried with 1gb RAM
only to test the RAM... The IDE disk is on
master, the cd on slave. The two are on the
same IDE cable because the mother only
has one connector.

What could I try to get it to work ? I'm
desesperate, thanks for your help ! And
Happy Christmas to all !

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December 24, 2009 at 18:32:47
Have you checked the ASUS site to get the latest drivers and
check that your memory is compatible? Installing requires that
you set the first boot option to cdrom, no other option should be
set. When XP installs and reboots enter the bios and set it to
boot from the hd during the reboot. If you miss resetting the
bios you will enter the setup again routine which includes press
any key to start. You now know that you need to reboot and
enter the bios and set it to boot from the hd.

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December 24, 2009 at 19:08:35
"Installing requires that
you set the first boot option to cdrom, no other option should be

I haven't had any difficulties with setting HDD as second to the CDROM in boot order during install. Initial boot asks to press any key to boot CD. At the first reboot simply ignore that prompt and boot to harddrive happens without needing to interrupt the install process to adjust bios.

If setup cannot boot the harddrive for some reason that usually relates to a need for a motherboard specific driver which needs to be installed right at the beginning when a prompt to press F6 for third party driver is seen.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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December 25, 2009 at 03:09:18
Thanks for replies !
Richard59 is right in my case : when the first reboot happens, it boots from the hard drive.
Meanwhile I tried tweaking the bios and different settings of the IDE (32 bit transfer disabled, LBA Mode off).
The difference is that now, on the second reboot, I have a message instead of the blinking cursor. It's in french, but it says more or less that Windows cannot start probably because of a hardware issue.
I will try to install the motherboard driver during the first setup process as you suggested.

Most of my first problems were due to a wrong setting of the IDE Master/Slave, and hard drives priority boot is cleary important to check.

Thanks again
I forgot how long this process of installing a computer can be when you are a big noob ;)

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