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AN8-SLI shuts down when trying to install xp

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April 26, 2006 6:24:22 AM

My PC keeps shutting down when i try to install windows xp. Just put together the system today.

Athlon 64 3200+
Asus AN8-SLI
XFX 6800 XT
512 X 2 Crucial Ballistix
80gig X 2 Seagate PATA Hard Drives

Please Help.....

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April 26, 2006 2:13:28 PM

Check the power supply. And the other connections on the mobo.
Which board are you using? The premium one? If so, a lot of psu's do not work with this board.
April 26, 2006 3:06:19 PM

Do you have any bluescreens or error messages?
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April 26, 2006 6:25:03 PM

Power supply is fine, running all the voltages perfectly, I'm running just the basic A8N-SLI

It's weird i was able to load my trial version of xp64 and it works just fine but when i was trying my xp pro wouldn't work at all, still won't on my other drive
April 26, 2006 6:25:53 PM

no, no blue screens, just shuts off, powers back up fine like it didn't happen
April 26, 2006 6:28:06 PM

If you can install x64 then I'd imagine it's a problem with your WXP disc, although that would give a 'could not find file......' message probably.

If you do find it's a problem with the disc, either ring up and get another or you could probably just get one off the Torrent or something like that and use your existing CD Key and activate that - it's basically just like borrowing a friend's disc.
April 26, 2006 7:07:43 PM

I'm now wondering if it's an overheating problem with the processor. I'm trying to play oblivion and after i start playing for a bit the whole computer just shuts off like it did while i was installing xp pro. Tried playing world of warcraft also and it shut down a few minutes into the game. Checked pc temp right after and it was 82c
April 26, 2006 7:37:59 PM

82c on your processor?!!

that is way high for the 64's. Re-seat the heatsink on the proc and make sure that there is thermal tape/grease and that there is no plastic or anything but the grease between the sink and the proc. Also make sure the sink is seated well in the plastic base around the proc. (when you pull it off look at the imprint in the grease on the sink and see that the proc is actually contacting it)

Also, ultraviolet is right: what power supply is it (make/model) as many models conflict w/ the Asus board. (especially some older antec models)
April 26, 2006 8:11:49 PM

it's an ultra x-connect2 550 watt, also thanks everyone for the help, i'll check the hs now.
April 26, 2006 11:07:09 PM

Update: I took off the hs and the paste that came on the hs was really thinned out, so i went out and bought some thermal paste and now the load temp only gets up to 64c which is alot better the 81c and shutting down, so thanks to all those that replied. :) 
May 1, 2006 4:29:52 AM

I have the same mobo and that issue with WinXP installation... it was memory timings.
I had it set at 1T command rate, and with 4 mem modules it can't be done. So, during the install either it shut down, or rebooted. With 2T command rate it ran just fine.
It seems this is not your problem, but it could have been 8)
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