windows xp won't install on new build

first time desparate poster! New build, History system great, load windows xp (sp1 only) system boots no problem (update windows) I load some games and play awhile. then friend and I attempt to update the bios on the ASROCK mobo, something doesn't go right and we get a blue screen. We reflash to old bios and doesn't work, tried diff. graphics card and ram no help.
Bought 2nd mobo Intel DX38BT reinstal components fire it up windows comes up, again play game for a few minutes and we decide to do a fresh install on XP due to all the crap we did with old mobo.

After format XP won't install stops with a IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL stop ERROR 0x0000000A ????BALLS
things we tried Googled error found article on windows site
I don't understand how to do any of the things microsoft describes (CMOS settings of your computer...)
We also came across other people have problems with the usb drivers which are fixed with SP2, My copy of XP includes sp1 only. So, I tried to disable usb in the bios during the install and that didn't work.
I am in the process of creating a Slipstreaming a WindowsXP Install CD with Service Pack 2
I am not convinced that an advance copy of windows is the answer since my copy installed in the 1st place? I hesitate to purchase Vista if I have a hardware problem? I tried to install Ubuntu and fedora and got errors with both of them. any advice would greatly be appreciated
Thanks for your help

1st mobo ASRock 4Core1600P35-WiFi+ LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

2nd mobo Intel BOXDX38BT LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX DDR3 Intel Motherboard - Retail
XFX PVT98FYDF9 GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
CORSAIR 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
PC Power & Cooling S610EPS EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40°C Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, cUL, CE, CB, TUV - Retail
Thermaltake CL-P0310 120mm CPU Cooling Fan
Sunbeam RHK-EX-BA Rheobus-Extreme Fan Controller Panel - Retail
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  1. Do the bioses support the new cpu?

    Write this to disk & reboot for 5+ passes:
  2. running memtest now, so far thru pass #4 no errors. I will continue to run overnight and check back in am.

    if no errors by end of test I will install the slipstreamed XP with sp2 and cross my fingers

    question about memtest My ram is rated for 1333 but via the memtest it is showing as 1066?
  3. If your bios doesn't support the cpu, it WILL crash in Windows. I've seen it 1st hand. it'll pass memtest.
  4. The mobo board supports the cpu as per their website, where would I check to see if the bios supports the cpu?
  5. problem fixed! it turns out the mobo (Intel BOXDX38BT LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX DDR3 Intel) doesn't support XP sp1, so the slipstreamed xp with sp2 worked, thank god
  6. Good news.

    FWIW, you can go to your mobo's manufacturer's site. Look for a cpu support link.

    E8400 3.00 GHz 6 MB 1333 1397 2 All

    The bios has to be version 1397 or later.
  7. latenightrob said:
    problem fixed! it turns out the mobo (Intel BOXDX38BT LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX DDR3 Intel) doesn't support XP sp1, so the slipstreamed xp with sp2 worked, thank god

    Weird. Why would a bios not support an early version of XP? I'm not sure how that makes sense. Can someone enlighten me?
  8. kwanasek....yes I thought it very weird as well. hence all the confusion on our part.
    I found this on intels website...
    "Windows* XP: If your desktop board includes PCI Express* capability, you must use Windows XP with Service Pack 2, which includes support for PCI Express. "

    akhilles- I did find that too on the mobo's website. thanks
  9. Without checking into when the PCI express standard was drafted, one would assume that the PCI Express standard or Microsoft would have taken compatability into account. Try and install an early version of XP on a new MOBO and you have to jump though hoops. what a bite!
  10. I had a problem similar I though my XP disk was done for, so I got Vista for 165$, and found out it was my ram...... So Vista was a waste and went back to XP.
  11. Keep an older computer handy just for installing or reinstalling xp. This way you can simply transfer the hard drive onto your new board. It will boot into xp and just requires the new mainboard drivers to get you up. Hope this helps.
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