Do you have a question? Post it now! No Registration Necessary. Now with pictures!
- Posted on
Re: WinXP installation - Probably hardware problem
Thanks everyone for the advice.
I was a bit too tired when I posted last night and wrote that the psu was
Altec. Of course I meant Antec (I could imagine some knock-off PSU named
The reason I was not using a boot from the CD rather than booting the system
from a DOS floppy and loading smartdrive seperately was mostly just a bad
habit I got into. While the DVDs from MSDN are supposed to be bootable, it
appears that I would have to switch the order of my CD / DVD drives to get
the DVD drive to be recognized as bootable. So I am a little lazy (or stuck
in a rut) and just boot to DOS with CD/DVD drivers and launch the Winnt.exe
that way. I hadn't considered this as an important step to try since I had
used this procedure to install XP on another computer (the one I am using
now) just a week ago, and it worked fine.
I get my WinXP from a DVD with a number of other OS's since I had a MSDN
subscription, and this is the way it came. It certainly isn't pirated.
I ran memtest89 last night and it indicated a large number of memory errors,
The memory (DDR 266 PC 2100) is generic, and it might not be up to the
higher bus speed. I tried clocking down to 100mhz FSB, but still got the
same errors. The hard drive tests returned no problems.
Thanks again for the advice.