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December 3, 2012 2:10:57 AM

I have a new build that I just got together and because I lack money for win 7 right now, I have to use an XP Pro disc that I have. This is just temporary so I can at least start on getting programs installed. This is the build

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $681.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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My issue is when it starts the install, the progress bar on the bottom left says it is installing devices, then it freezes up and blue screens. It has this message.

"Stop error code 0x0000000A (IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL)"

Now I did some looking and everything says it is a hardware issue but i don't see how. My CPU obviously works because it booted. Both RAM sticks work (I tried running on just one and I tried both), but it still booted. The hard drive works or else it would try to boot off the disc every time, and my GPU works because I can see the screen (no integrated graphics port). The only thing left is the CD drive, but I am assuming it works because it is brand new, and it already installed some of the install.

I really don't know what is going on. Any help is appreciated.

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December 3, 2012 7:13:00 PM

Did you go into the BIOS and set the SATA drives to emulate IDE/ATA drives, or are you loading a SATA driver when XP asks you?
December 3, 2012 7:38:39 PM

I didn't change anything in the BIOS, but the OnChip SATA Controller is enabled and the OnChip SATA Type is set to Native IDE.

I'm not sure if this answers your question
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December 3, 2012 8:42:23 PM

Are you overclocking?
Is your RAM on the manufacturer's list of approved memory?

Even with new out of the box components you can have hardware problems. Never discount anything until a thorough test has been run.
December 3, 2012 8:55:50 PM

ex_bubblehead said:
Are you overclocking?
Is your RAM on the manufacturer's list of approved memory?

Even with new out of the box components you can have hardware problems. Never discount anything until a thorough test has been run.

Nothing is overclocked, and if the the computer makes it through POST, I wouldn't think there would be a hardware issue.

RAM is on the supported list.

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December 3, 2012 9:11:30 PM
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zared619 said:
Nothing is overclocked, and if the the computer makes it through POST, I wouldn't think there would be a hardware issue.

RAM is on the supported list.


Like I said, until a thorough test has been run you can not assume that all is well. The hard drive is most likely one of the new 4Kb/sector devices which are not supported by XP. Same goes for the 512E devices ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2510009 )
December 3, 2012 9:18:15 PM

ex_bubblehead said:
Like I said, until a thorough test has been run you can not assume that all is well. The hard drive is most likely one of the new 4Kb/sector devices which are not supported by XP. Same goes for the 512E devices ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2510009 )

I did some digging and found that with XP, I need to install some drivers before I can install. I got the drivers off of my mobo disc, and I am working on it right now.
December 3, 2012 9:24:49 PM

So when I boot from the CD, the first option is to install third party SCSI or RAID drivers, which is F6. I hit F6, and nothing happens, but if I hit F2 for SYS Recovery, it works. Very confusing....
December 3, 2012 9:31:53 PM

You have to wait after hitting F6, it can take a little while.
December 3, 2012 9:52:13 PM

Will it work if I use a USB flash drive. It says I need a floppy drive.
December 3, 2012 9:56:29 PM

Drivers must be on a floppy. No option there.
December 3, 2012 10:05:38 PM

It says that I can use a USB if I map it to be drive A, so I did that, but it won't recognize it as A on another computer, so it still won't work on the new install. I'm almost certain that if I can install these drivers that it will solve the problem, but that is proving to be an issue.
December 3, 2012 10:08:43 PM

USB floppy drive. Should be part of every system builder's toolkit.
December 3, 2012 10:11:04 PM

I see. Thanks. Looks like I will just have to wait until I get 7.

Unless I install Ubuntu. Could I do that with a flash drive and the ISO?
December 3, 2012 10:16:37 PM

Ubuntu absolutely can be installed via thumbdrive. They even have all the necessary software and documentation linked on the download page.
December 3, 2012 10:50:35 PM

ex_bubblehead said:
USB floppy drive. Should be part of every system builder's toolkit.

+1 Definitely! And also a USB DVD drive for the new ultra portable devices.
December 3, 2012 10:53:37 PM

zared619 said:
Nothing is overclocked, and if the the computer makes it through POST, I wouldn't think there would be a hardware issue.

RAM is on the supported list.

I ALWAYS run Memtest86 overnight, or at least several full passes, on my new builds. You would be surprised how often you can get memory errors on new hardware.
December 3, 2012 11:42:59 PM

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