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win xp pro install problems

by 79cvtecc / March 21, 2007 12:47 AM PDT

I just recently upgraded my whole system, I have Biostar pt880 pro-a7 motherboard, p4 3.2ghz, 1 gig ddr2, and a 300g sata hdd. I also have a cd-rw disk drive (i'm not sure of the make or brand) The problem that I'm having is that when I try a clean install it hangs up very bad. If I try and use it in raid the motherboard doesn't even pick it up or show it to me in bios and therefore won't let me write to it when I try to install. So then I changed the bios to set the hdd as an ide. When I did this the hdd finally showed in bios and I was able to write to it. I booted from the cd and formated and partitioned the hd into two equal sized partitions. When the disk started to copy files it would cycle. You could hear the disk drive spinning and you could see the different files it was loading, then it would stop spinning for about 5-10 minutes while showing the same file uploading, then it would start spinning again and continue to load files. It was taking forever so at about 20% and an hour into the setup I went to sleep. I woke up about 6 hours later and it still showed that it had only loaded 80%. When it finally finished loading and got to the blue screen that says 39 minutes left to complete install. It sounded like it was loading the files and then stopped spinning again, after that I think it timed out and I got the blue screen of death. I have no idea what to do now. If anyone can help me out that would be great. Thanks in advance

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I don't read where you...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 21, 2007 12:56 AM PDT

Tapped the F6 key to load motherboard SATA drivers. Your post reads as if you tried to install XP without that. There are other issues such as leaving USB devices plugged in that XP can't handle till we add more drivers.

Tell more about how you installed XP and how your procedure differs from the usual you find at with these words. HOW DO I INSTALL XP TO A SATA DRIVE?


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by 79cvtecc / March 21, 2007 2:22 AM PDT

I tried, more than once, to press f6 when it asked me to. I tried pushing it, tapping it more than once, and holding it down but nothing ever happened. It would then go on say press f2 for some other options that I don't remember. Also, there was only the hd, cd-rom, ram, floppy drive and graphics card hooked up.

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I wonder what XP CD you have or what keyboard.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 21, 2007 2:25 AM PDT
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Some have USB keyboards which have that issue. If you've looked over those install to SATA guides you'll also find where some make a new XP CD with the SATA drivers integrated. This may be what you have to do if your machine will not respond to the F6 key when needed.

-> Bottomline? We've discovered your install procedure is incorrect.


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It has to be something else.....
by 79cvtecc / March 23, 2007 1:01 AM PDT

I tried disconnecting the sata hdd and installing my old 40g ide hd. I still have the same problem of the disk drive cycling. Oh, and my keyboard isn't the usb type.

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Then your machine needs repair.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 23, 2007 1:09 AM PDT

Sorry but given the details so far your machine is broken. XP will install without problem if your hardware as described was functional. There are times we come across some old HP that will never run XP due to that old BIOS bug HP left in it but I don't see that detail in your post.

Try this. Take the machine back and have them show you XP installing as a test of the hardware. Let them fix it.


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