Problems Installing & Running XP on new mobo

Biostar group / P4m90-m4
March 14, 2010 at 21:01:05
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, athlon 64 X2 5600+ / 3072 MB
mobo MSI K9N SLI-F V2
cpu athlon xp x2 5600+
ram 2 x 512mb (533mhz) 2 x 1gb (533mhz) same brand and stats
psu antec 500w
dvdrw LG super multi dvd burner
2 x nvidia Geforce 7300 GT 256 mb pci express x16 in sli
seagate barracuda 7200.9 120gb drives (i have 3, tried all of them)

i can't make it through a windows installation and in the oddball instance that i do the PC locks up during the winxp splash screen with the little loading progress bar. it makes me think it's ram but i've got 4 diff modules i have tried (same brand and speed) maybe i need to adjust speeds or something? i've tried diff hdd's and tried both of my vid cards in sli and non sli mode and 1 at a time. i've swapped devices around to see if drive jumpers were a factor, i dont think they are. i used my VIA sata/ide card to run the hdd off of and the dvdrw on the mobo ide channel and still nothing. i dont get why it does this.

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March 15, 2010 at 15:32:43
At what point does it crash in the setup?

It does sound like one of your peripherals is not working well with Windows XP. Try removing your Graphics card if you have one built into the MoBo and any other cards you might have and see if Windows installs.

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March 15, 2010 at 19:05:51
i dont have onboard video, i have a pci video card i'm gonna try now. it messes up at diff times during setup, no consistency. i also tried an installation of linux and it didnt mess up, it doesnt mess up while running hiren's boot cd either. windows 7 also messed up after installation (freezes up). i had all of these components in my pc until i got a new mobo/cpu so in my opinion they should be working just fine. i dont get it :( here's the exact board btw

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March 16, 2010 at 06:11:33
I won't even ask why you're running DDR2-533 with an AMD system or why you're running two crappy cards in an SLi config.

Remove all the RAM but one 512MB stick, remove the SLi config & just use one card. Manually configure all the BIOS settings, then test that one stick of RAM with complete test series should be good enough. If any errors are found, install a different stick & run memtest86 again. If no errors are found, try installing XP.

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March 16, 2010 at 08:49:41
mainly because i'm poor dude, and i built the pc in 2007 i think. the mobo/cpu was a repair due to a nasty electrical storm

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March 16, 2010 at 10:48:37
Don't have much experience with Socket AM2/3 boards, but I know that newer Intel-based boards require at least XP Service Pack 2 for a problem-free installation. It has to do with PCI-E support, which older versions of XP lacked.

You can slipstream SP3 into an older XP CD.

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