XP install fail at 34 minutes

By aricartt
Jan 16, 2009
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  1. first built machine, first xp install on that machine:

    Foxconn P45A-S LGA 775
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
    XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W PSU
    SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870
    CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800
    1.0TB Samsung Spinpoint EcoGreen 32MB Cache SATA II Hard Drive
    LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X

    The brand new xp install fails at 34 minutes during what looks to be the device install. The system gives no error message it simply reboots right back into the setup and proceeds to fail again. My first thought was ram problems so I did a ram check and there were no errors. Now I believe that the problem might be drivers or power to the video card. If its not that it might be a SATA problem...but I have read so little about that I dont really know what that entails.

    If it is a driver problem how do I install drivers on a system without ever having it actually boot up, and what order do i to this in because the problem could be in the motherboard drivers or in the video card drivers. I have read a little about flashing a bios for this motherboard, supposedly it has had problems with the bios before.

    This is my first machine and I am very new to all this, any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
  2. CCT

    CCT Newcomer, in training Posts: 3,556

    I would suggest you pull 1 ram stick and try again.

    Fail? Swap sticks and try again.
  3. aricartt

    aricartt Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    already did that, and as i said i did a ram check
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,361   +167

    sounds oh so familiar.. i think is a "famous" xp failure... will get and get back to you soon (i hope)
  5. CCT

    CCT Newcomer, in training Posts: 3,556

  6. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,361   +167

    my darn isp kept hanging my connection!

    But i was right. Is the famous 34 minute problem. Looks like CCT provided the link
  7. aricartt

    aricartt Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    found that after i wrote this post and tried it, couldnt get it to work
    is it possible i have an underlying bios problem?
  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,361   +167

  9. Sharam

    Sharam Newcomer, in training Posts: 538

    Great job in providing hardware detail, what flavour of XP? PRO, 64bit, 32bit, SP2?

    With boards and changes these days, first thing to do is look for BIOS updates.

    Your power supply has a 4pin ATX 12V and your motherboard has an eight pin socket, eventhough I have setup many boards with only the 4pin where the motherboard has 8 without any problems, to narrow things down, see if you can get a 4pin female to 8pin male (EPS12V) adapter, please don't get the 4pin large molex to 8pin EPS12V adapter type.

    Your PSU has 2 X 6PIN PCI-E connectors, swap them, in hopes of re-distributing power.

    My first attempt would be to check for BIOS update, making sure your DDRII 800MHz is getting 1.9V and applying the timings manually as per Corsair specifications eventhough the Auto settings show the desired values.

    You did already try going through setup with only one 2GB module in different sockets, as you stated I believe.

    Let us know

    EDIT: Is your FSB set to 333MHz?
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