Won't Read XP Pro CD

June 12, 2009 at 11:28:56
Specs: XP Pro
I am trying to install Windows XP Pro on a machine I just built. Right after I hit F8 on the license agreement it tells me that "Setup could not read the CD you inserted, or the CD is not a valid Windows CD." The CD is valid and full. It is a volume license (legal). I just tried another copy, and it still won't work. Any ideas?

Everything is brand new out of the box.

Specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo 3GHz
EVGA Nvidia nForce 750i ATX MB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 896MB Graphics
Samsung Spinpoint 750GB SATA HD
Kingston 4GB (2GBx2) DDR2
Samsung 22x SATA DVD
Sigma 500W PSU


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#1
June 12, 2009 at 11:41:03
Is the disk a CDRW? Is the DVD drive also new? Could be an issue with it.

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#2
June 12, 2009 at 11:47:19
I don't think the CD is a CDRW. It is official with all the confusing holograms and everything. The DVD drive is new. I think I might try a different one and see if that fixes things.

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#3
June 12, 2009 at 12:42:54
New DVD drive and still no dice. I'm completely stumped...

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#4
June 12, 2009 at 13:05:48
So, the computer boots to the WinXP CD but then won't install after starting?

Try removing 2GB of RAM and see if that helps.


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#5
June 12, 2009 at 13:19:38
Yeah, it will boot to the CD, but won't read it after I accept the license agreement. I just tried taking out 2 gigs of RAM, but it still did the same thing.

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#6
June 12, 2009 at 13:32:41
Have you ever used that CD before?

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#7
June 12, 2009 at 13:36:26
Nope, brand new. Both CDs that I have tried have been right out of the package.

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#8
June 12, 2009 at 13:39:39
Is it possible you have an upgrade CD?

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#9
June 12, 2009 at 13:57:58
Set bios settings to failsafe or default. Might have stuff too fast or out of range. Dunno.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#10
June 12, 2009 at 14:05:28
It is not an upgrade CD, but the computer is acting like it is. That's why I thought a new copy might help, but both are the same. I talked to the IT guy that gave me the CD and he was positive that it was the full version.

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#11
June 12, 2009 at 18:55:19
Setup could not read the CD you inserted, or the CD is not a valid Windows CD

http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=...


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#12
June 12, 2009 at 19:49:10
Did you install the SATA Drivers for the HDD?

Try the CD in another Computer. If you get the same result the CD may not be Valid.

Did you verify that the Motherboard will support XP PRO. Possibly a Vista only Board.

Newegg specs do not list OS compatibility.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.


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#13
June 13, 2009 at 07:16:26
I gave up on the XP CD and downloaded the Windows 7 Release Candidate and that worked fine. Either the CD really was an update or my mobo was Vista only. Anyways, thanks for the help.

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