650 W PSU (old)
Sony DVD drive (old enough not to have SATA)
(I did not include my videocard for the initial install)
I have put the system together without any problems. Bios boots just fine, and windows install from DVD starts just fine as well. this is when the problems start, the install stalls at different times and never completes (I have tried leaving the system on for 2 hours). Here is chronology of install problems:
"windows is starting" stall
"windows is formatting (quick)" stall
"windows is installing" stall at 6%
"windows is installing" stall at 7%
"windows is installing" stall at 9% (on "driver.cab" I think)
I have never gotten past this point
What I have tried and has not resolved the problem (in no particular order):
Taking all parts out and rebuilding system
Cleaning sp3 install disk
Used a XP pro sp2 install disk
used a different DVD drive
took out one memory stick at a time
changed location of RAM on the board
Set bios to fail safe settings
used a different hard drive
What I want to try:
Changing settings for the memory
I would very much appreciate any help and advice,
If its stalling this early in the install, then it could be a bad CD, but you've already tried a different one and it still stalled, or it could be a bad hard drive. Do you have another computer where you can test the hard drive on?
I should add that I have successfully installed XP with this CD on my previous build. As for the hard drive I could try to install it on my friend's computer to check it. I have also tried an older 200GB hard drive and I get the same errors. For the PSU, I will see if I can get another one.
He describes a very similar problem with a setup almost the same as mine. So I tried his fix: upped the voltage of the memory in bios to 1.8v. This a little higher than the stock 1.5v but so far it seems stable and temperatures have been acceptable. I first tested each stick running at 1.8v in memtest for 1 hour and then both together. They passed the tests just fine with no errors. From there the windows install was normal.
I will update if there is any other complications. I would however like to understand why this happens with the MSI board / DDR3 combo so please feel free to post any insights.
Thank you all or the advice and input, it really made the troubleshooting easier.