Just put a new build together and I'm getting a blue screen when installing XP Pro 32.
Abit IP35 Pro
2 x 1GB crucial ballistix PC6400
OCZ gamexstream 600w
Windows CD boots and begins to install. Asks where to format and install and it gives me one partition with much less than what I would expect for the hard drive... something around 131000 MB. I choose that location and it begins to format. As soon as the format reaches 100% I get a blue screen "A problem has been detected..." The technical information is as follows:
*** STOP: 0X00000024 (.... bunch of characters ...)
*** ntfs.sys - Address F70ECBA9 base at F7OAAOOO, DateStamp 3b7dc5d0
Any idea what this is? I've tried to install 3 separate times now and keep getting the same error. I can enter bios and play around with the boot order and fan control without problem.
I started running other diagnostic checks in the meantime. The first one I tried was memtest86 v3.2. Its been running for only 1 hr 10 min and has already found 16 (!!!) errors? Do I have bad memory too??? What the hell is going on here? Do I have bad luck?
The problem was not with the drive. It was my pre-sp1 version of XP. I ran WD Data Lifeguard Tools and the drive came back clean. I know this version of XP has hard drive limitations, but I thought setting a partition well below this limit (20GB) would allow it to install. I was wrong.
I slipstreamed SP2 with my XP disk and it finally installed. Wow what a pain. The stop error messages were very misleading. Everything is running smoothly so far.
As for the RAM. My mobo autodetected the RAM at 1.8V eventhough crucial list them at 2.2V. I upped the voltage and memtest runs without errors.
Thanks for the all the help. As a first time builder I appreciate it.
wow, you know how to slipstream with your first build?
I was SYSTEM BUILDS in before I knew how to do that (countless... COUNTLESS... format/reinstalls)
Now I make Automated installation disks... a format/reinstall is just a matter of popping a CD in the tray and "Pressing any key to load from boot disk" go watch a movie, come back, and hey!! All my applications are there on a clean install w00t w00t
The value of google and good direction following skills...
There was no way I could have done that without a step by step. I did a google search for XP slipstream sp2 and a few pages came up. I guess It kinda makes sense that this is becoming a more common problem for newbies with 320, 500 and 750GB drives becoming affordable.