Windows xp / sp3 reboot loop

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January 12, 2009 at 14:30:01
Specs: Windows XP Sp3, AMD Athlon 64 2x 6000+/ Crucial 2GB 1066 (1GB x 2)
I just upgraded my Mobo, ram, CPU and Hard drive.

I am running an AMD Athlon64 2x 6000+ on a Biostar TF8200 mobo w/ the Nvidia Gforce 8200 GPU built into the Mobo with a Segate 500Gb SATA hard drive using 2gb (1gbx2) 1066 ram.

I tried to install XP Pro w/o the service pack but the Mobo doesn't support it.
So I am trying to install Windows XP Pro with sp3 slip streamed into it. After getting the hard drive formated and the initial install files installed the computer restarts into the GUI install environment for about 10 seconds then restarts into a reboot loop sometimes I get back to that GUI screen and some times I don't. Every once in a while I get a 'Blue screen of death" for almost 1 second before it restarts again. I have removed all but the bare minimum hardware and this still happens. I think the on board Graphics adapter is faulty can anyone help me with either confirming this possibility or offering alternatives?

I have tried booting in Safe Mode, VGA mode, and all other modes available including trying to disable automatic restart on system failure that is offered in the F8 menu at boot up and nothing helps. It seems that each time I restarts at a slightly different point.

Thank you

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January 12, 2009 at 14:43:38
Did you also slipstream the SATA drivers?

Or do you have the BIOS set for an IDE compatibility mode?

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January 12, 2009 at 14:55:50
No, I didn't have to slipstream the dirvers, with SP2 or SP3 the SATA drivers are already included. (at least that's what my Mobo manual says)

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January 12, 2009 at 15:15:02
Included where? In WinXP? I don't think so.

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January 12, 2009 at 15:19:05
Included where? In WinXP? I don't think so

So do you think if I am able to slipstream the drivers from the Mobo driver disk into the Win XP CD then it may work?

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January 12, 2009 at 15:45:39
You don't need to slipstream but if you don't then you may need to change the drive settings in the BIOS.

I can't say this is your problem, for sure but it could be an issue. It sounds like when Windows restarts it can't find the drive anymore.

IDE compatibily modes keep the SATA hard drive at IDE speeds. Installing the SATA drivers allows the drive to run at the full potential. Not a big difference but still worth pursuing. If you don't have immediate access to the computer you used to slipstream then enter the BIOS and change the settings for the drive.

What SATA port do you have the SATA hard drive connected to? Is your optical drive IDE or SATA?

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January 12, 2009 at 15:55:19
It sounds like when Windows restarts it can't find the drive anymore. 

It doesn't act like it can't find the drive. It acts like something is malfunctioning. It is always right as or right after it switches from the DOS text only screens to the GUI screen. That is why I think it may be the video adapter.

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January 12, 2009 at 16:09:15
Why didn't you answer my questions in #5?

The video adapter should be running in the same mode in both instances. No drivers would have been installed at that point.

I am a little confused after reviewing your first post. Did you complete the WinXP installation or not? If not, then safe mode, last good config, etc. wouldn't be available. Would be using more RAM though.

You should download and run memtest86 from a boot CDR to determine your RAM is good and is compatible with the motherboard.

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January 13, 2009 at 11:08:48
The HDD is on SATA port 1 and the optic drive is IDE

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January 13, 2009 at 13:57:38
According to your manual SATA port#1 runs in IDE compatibility mode by default. So, if you haven't changed the default settings you should be able to run the drive in that port. One issue that may come into play is this. Your drive is probably a SATA II 3.0GBPS model. Possible that the drive doesn't like running in IDE mode. If there is a throttling jumper on the back of the drive you can set it to SATA I speed only. This will not slow down the drive because IDE speeds are even slower than SATA I.

I would recommend you slipstream the SATA drivers and then connect the SATA drive to port#5. Set the mode for that port to AHCI. That will allow the drive to run at the full potential and if the motherboard supports NCQ and your drive does too then you will get a little more performance from that.

Now to your immediate issue. Three possibilities come to mind. The first is the RAM. Test with memetest86.

The second is a hardware problem. Hopefully you don't have any external hardware except for mouse and keyboard connected at this time.

The third is a bad burn when you slipstreamed.

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January 15, 2009 at 12:49:30
The disk is a confirmed good burn. the ram tested good by using memtest86. Everything that has been suggested to try here has been done and I just can't seem to get any different results.

I haven't tried to enable the speed limiter on the HDD, or slipstreaming the SATA drivers. I will try that tonight but if that doesn't work I am going to send the board back for a replacement.

Any other suggestions would be great too. I would rather not have to send the board back to Newegg

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