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Cannot clean install WinXP on new BIOSTAR mobo. Errors!

by Sweatdog27 / May 27, 2010 10:19 PM PDT

I cant find a way around blue screen error messages during WinXP installation.
My story: I recently was running WinXP Home on a GIGABYTE GA-MA770-DS3 with no issues. I decided to upgrade my mobo for quad-core CPU support (Bought a Phenom II x4) and do a clean install of WinXP with my Home edition CD. The new mobo is a BIOSTAR TA790XE and I made sure it is compatible with WinXP.

Formating my drive with the WinXP CD was not an issue, and the beginning of the installation ran smoothly. After the system restart I get back to the setup screen, where I am told the OS is about to install and estimated time is "39 minutes". (This is the same screen that flashes all the great new features of WinXP as you wait for the installation to finish). Now this is when I get my error messages, the screen goes black and then solid blue, and I see one of the following errors at the top of the screen:

DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_OR_LESS_EQUAL

IRQL_NOT_OR_LESS_EQUAL

My copy of WinXP is Home Edition version 2002, I dont know what service pack, if any, is included on the CD.
My memory sticks are working, two 1gb sticks that display during the mobo's post screen.
I have a CD-rom drive but no floppy drive. My CPU is an Athlon 64x2 6000+ (3.1ghz), GPU is an ATI 4850, storage device is 80gb SATA western digital that came with my Dell E521 back in 2006.

I was able to reinstall WinXP with my 2002 version CD on my old GIGABYTE mobo, so the issue seems to be my WinXP's non-compatibility with my new TA790XE biostar mobo. Thanks in advance for the advice and if you need anymore information I will be checking this thread constantly until this problem is resolved.

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Looks proper to me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 27, 2010 10:24 PM PDT

You repeated "XP", "WinXP Home", and "WinXP with my 2002 version CD".

XP has dire issues with new gear and even more so with SATA drives, large (over a gigabyte of) RAM and more.

The lesson is simple. For this sort of machine you want the Retail (not Dell or OEM) version of XP SP2 or XP SP3 CD and follow all the thousand other posts about XP and SATA.

If you don't read those other posts about this issue you are doomed to repeat the failures.
Bob

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Here is a new wrinkle
by Sweatdog27 / May 28, 2010 12:36 AM PDT
In reply to: Looks proper to me.

It turns out my WinXP installation CD is circa 2008 and includes Service Pack 3. So, I imagine the solution to the problem doesnt change, but now the problem is my WinXP is too new, rather than too old?? Ive read that Service Packs are not cumulative and that having SP3 on an install CD does not mean SP2 is there as well.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 28, 2010 2:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Here is a new wrinkle

Are you using the methods noted by others when we install XP SP3 to a SATA drive? The percentage you reported is about right when XP will fail on that setup.

Tell more.
Bob

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problem solved
by Sweatdog27 / May 28, 2010 4:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Here is a new wrinkle

I solved the problem. Maybe not the ideal way but...

I did a clean WinXP SP3 install on the same hard drive but on the old GIGABYTE mobo. I then simply swapped in the new mobo and to my surprise it booted right through to the desktop, straight off the hard drive. My next step after all updates and drivers, etc., is get my Phenom II x4 955 working in the AM2+ socket.

I may be back very soon.

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