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new computer probelms won't go into bios

I put together a new computer and I have tried getting it to run and it only goes so far into the bios menus before it freezes. So I figured that it was needin the mobo drivers for it to go into the menus without freezing up. So I started to load up Windows XP from the disk and it gets to the the blue screen that says windows setup and then it loads one file and freezes. Sometimes the power and hdd leds stay solid and nothing even happens to the computer and sometimes the POSt will beep and it will go on to boot from the cd and then freeze again. The parts are:

FoxConn P4M800P7MA Mobo
Intel P4 541 3.2Ghz Prescott (LGA 775)
Rosewill 380W PS
Kingston ValueRam 1 GB
XFX Geforce 6800XT 256MB Video Card

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This often happens if...

If you don't partition your HDD beforehand to use NTFS or FAT partitions, this will often happen with the Windows setup program. It makes no sense, but since when has that ever stopped Microsoft?

Use a bootable CD or floppy with a disk partitioning program on it to partition the drive. May as well format it at the same time, just to be on the safe side, and there's really no point in waiting until you're loading up XP to do it.

After you do that, the XP setup program should load just fine. It's stupid, makes no sense, should have been fixed ages ago, but also how things are.

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got it

It was actually a problem with the mobo. The Secondary IDE connector has a mind of its own and sometimes stops the cd drives from working. I had to open the case, adjust the cable a lil and try over and over. Finally got it to go and the windows setup ran all the way through. Once the windows was setup the mobos drivers could be installed and the bios has not crashed yet and I am already halfway with updating everything.

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