|A family member of mine had this exact problem.|
Boot from a Windows XP Home disc (tried many different discs)
Get through the formatting/partitioning setup
Get to the part of the install where it copies files over to the hard drive and multiple errors would pop up.
At first I thought it was a bad disc: no dice
Then I thought it was a bad hard drive: no dice
Switched motherboards: no dice
Switched out All of the RAM (2 x 2GB): no dice
Re-seated the CPU/Heatsink and re-applied thermal paste: no dice
I took out one stick of RAM and the install went through without issue.
The stick of RAM I took out was not bad.
The DIMM Slot(s) were not bad.
XP Home SP2 kept failing because of the amount of memory in the system.
After the install, I place the second stick of RAM back in and no problems. Of course not all 4GBs of RAM are recognized, but the RAM was still usable.
If anyone can shed some light onto WHY XP Home SP2 will not install with 4GB of RAM, please let me know.
Thanks, and I hope I helped someone.