You can use Memtest86 to test your RAM. Download the ISO, burn it to a CD, and boot your new system with it. Let it run through at least a few full passes, as some memory problems won't show up right away. Takes a while to do a bunch of runs, but at least you'll know if you have a RAM problem.
Built this sytem last night and I have been unable to get it to install windows, it loads the install files and then when it says "starting windows" it goes to a blue screen error.
You better hope there is something you can do in there, otherwise it's not good, could be a bad situation...
But I would not immediately suspect any defective stuff just yet - there may still be setup & config work to do
HDs/optical drives (including their cabling) and non-optimized BIOS settings have been known to sabotage your install in this way...
You must go through your BIOS setup item by item, referring to Tom's setup guide (or old favourite Wim's BIOS guide) for specific settings recommendations. And of course keep your mobo manual handy.
Disable any/all video shadowing and/or caching and system shadowing/caching. Pay close attention to memory setup & config.
My OCZ is rated for 2.1V or 2.2V - 2.0V is marginal if running @ 800DDR speed.
Are you running asynchronous FSB:memory? ie. 266FSB:400memory?
Try setting memory to synchronous 1:1 just as a test - it should easily run 533DDR @ 2.0V.
Are you using a recent (slipstreamed) SP2 WinXP CD?
Hopefully you can get things sorted out. Good luck,
I never press F6 during my WinXP installs - the SATA just works :wink:
I never thought I'd see the day where SATA support is native but IDE is add-on, heheh...
But that day seems to have arrived :!:
the word is: P5B extremely dislikes anything but genuine XP (or a mirror copy of it). I can't install XP black edition for that reason. Basically, any version of XP with a modified boot sector won't work.