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XP-Home Installation Crash

By Kt3mplar
Oct 21, 2006
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  1. Recently, on my new computer, I f*cked up some Internet reception settings with port-forwarding, and couldn't revert them. I decided that a reinstall of Windows XP was needed. I started it while the computer was active, and it did the mandatory system restart. Then, when it booted, I booted it from disk and it resumed setup. I discovered that as soon as the installation reaches 34 minutes remaining (during the "Installing Devices" phase), the installation crashes with a memory dump, which flashes for about a quarter of a second before the computer powers off.
    I just can't figure out a solution. I have already taken the computer back to it's barebones (HDD, DVD-R/CD-R/Reader, PS/2 Keyboard, VGA, PSU), but it still crashes.
    HDD:Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA
    VGA:Asus Nvidia GeForce EN7600GS Silent/HTD/512 MB
    DVD/CD= Lite-On SHM165H6Sw w/Lightscribe
    MB:Asus A8N-SLI NForce 4
    PSU: Apevia Aspire 520
    Monitor: Dell E770
  2. I don't know what you've done there, can you explain what you did in more detail?.

    What do you mean "started it while the computer was active"? Did you do a reinstall from within XP itself? If so you probably won't resolve your problem. The best way is usually always to boot from the XP crdom and do a clean installation, formatting the HDD and erasing all data. To do this you have to back up your important files first and make ready any drivers required for you to connect to net, such as usb dsl modem drivers and the login credentials for your ISP account.

    If the installation crashes during device detection and you did this:

    If you have onboard video use that instead of the nvidia card during installation.

    Then you could also go into the BIOS setup and disable any other peripheral devices such as onboard sound, LAN, any ports, USB etc. If that fails you may need to mess with the memory settings (slow it down) to increase stability.

    The problem could also be caused by damage to the cdrom itself, or the cdrom being dirty.
  3. Kt3mplar

    Kt3mplar TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Yeah, I can. I download Āµtorrent and, in order to speed up downloaded, I set-up a static IP and portforwarded to it inside the router (Linksys WRT54G)

    Yes, I figured it would at least cancel whatever changed. I don't think it was the portforwarding that did it, because if that were the case, I could still reach the router setup. But I'll discuss that on the Networking sub-board.
    No login credentials. IP Generation algorithm is stored inside the router.

    Can't be done. My CMOS is effed up and keeps clearing BIOS settings. I don't think I could reduce the frequencies without the system retaining BIOS setting, either.

    Thanks for your help. I'll keep checking back once those other problems are fixed. I know what's wrong with the CMOS, I'm just too cheap to buy a new mobo right now.
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