Problem when installing Windows XP Pro

When I start install Windows XP, a error message come our after the detection of hardware.

The error is:
"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the first time you're seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows updates you might need.
If problem continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory obtions such as caching or shadowing...."
Is the error related to the my mainboard or other devices? How can I overcome this problem and continue installing windows XP

Thank you very much.
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  1. <A HREF="" target="_new">Troubleshooting Windows XP Setup</A>

    I suggest that you install the operating system with a minimum of devices. In other words, no sound card, NIC card, etc. Only what is actually needed to place the operating system on the hard drive. You can always install these components later on, with the newest drivers available from the manufacturer.

    This method you help you isolate the problem.

    It would also be a good idea to look for any new BIOS updates for your mainboard before attempting the installation a second time.


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  2. Thank you for your reply.
    Actually, I have tried to remove all the unnecessary device before installation and ask the manufacturer for updated BISO, but the problem still can't solve.
  3. Are you installing on a "fresh" fdisked & formatted disk or running the upgrade from a previous windows version?
  4. Should have said, this is more then likely related to the video card, but answer my previous question and I may have some advice.
  5. He's probably figured it out by now, tomcat ... (or given up), since the date of the original post was March of 2002. :wink:

    And by the way, in my experience, most IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL STOP errors when initially installing WinXP are either due to incompatibilities with the BIOS version, an inadequate or overheating PSU, damaged or mismatched memory modules, mainboard damage (like bad capacitors), or (last, but not least) a problem with a driver being loaded, which could be due to something like a sharing issue with the AGP port and PCI Slot 1, (which could effect the video card, as you mentioned) or a missing driver, such as for a RAID controller.

    I recall that in Win2K, almost all the IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL errors I encountered were either software or IRQ/driver-related, but over the past year or so, I've seen more BIOS, memory, and PSU issues when installing WinXP than just standard driver errors, which makes troubleshooting problems of this nature more than unusually difficult, unfortunately ... especially without detailed system specs being posted.


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