There is no intent to call you any name or label you as such, but the last time I ran into that error the XP CD was some copy of XP and a bad one.
Do try the original CD and boot from said CD and then follow the procedure at ....
In closing, there were OVERCLOCKED P3s and P2s out there so try the install at the default speed.
The machine will also pass the memory TEST from http://www.memtest86.com
Hey guys I have a tower, p3 450, 13gig HD, 128 ram, 32MB Nvida graphics card with a dvd rom drive and a cd-burner. The bios is Rom PCI/ISA BIOS - CMOS SETUP UTILITY - AWARD SOFTWARE, INC. The PC was bought from a local computer store quite a few years ago.
The computer has been extremly unreliable since it was purchased. The biggest problem being freezing. It would freeze randomly in any program that you would use on it. Be it games, Microsoft Office, IE and any other program. Over the past couple of years I believe it has gotten multiple viruses on it.
I now have a laptop with winXP and want to borrow the tower pc to a friend who's going to college and can't afford a computer. I'm hoping that if I get winXP on the machine it will help to stop the freezing and make the pc a reliable one.
Here's the problem: Since the computer is an older one I got the winXP boot disks and inserted all of those and had the computer boot to the winXP cd. From there it lets you format the current partion (it only has one right now), since it came with win98SE on it the partion was in the FAT format. I then reformated it in the NTSF format. Everytime it will reformat to 100% and then bring up an error message saying the following.
The following value in the .SIF file used by setup is corrupted or missing:
Valu 0 on the line in section [SourceDisksFiles] with "keySP1cab."
Setup cannot continue. to quit setup press F3.
A while back I set the BIOS and SETUP setting to default. This caused the computer to say that it's a p3 300mhz machine which in reality it's a 450. Could this be part of the problem?
Is the Bios corrupted or do I need to upgrade the Bios before installing winXP?
I've gone to multiple websites like cyberwalker.com to get step by step instructions. But you guys are my last hope.
Any help would be greatly appreciated - Thanks!