Problems, Problems, Problems

My computer was working perfectly, then one day my computer started to lock-up in games. So i decided to format my HDD's and start again. When i tried to re-install Windows (XP) i started running into all sorts of problems.

1st. Whenever i put the CD in the drive to boot off of it, it would get past the initial loading of the drivers, and try to load the windows setup, before bringing up a critical stop message and no longer proceeding, i found if i disabled the on-board RAID, this was no longer a problem, however when i first built the system the RAID controller was enabled and i had no problems.

2nd. After this in the actual copying of the files to the HDD it would bring up messages saying that it could not read certain files on the CD, so i thought, maybe the CD is stuffed, so i got my friends Windows XP cd, it did the same thing, so i thought, maybe my CD-ROM is stuffed, so i put my old spare one in and it did the same thing.

3rd. If i skip the files, and just continue without them, windows will continue the install, load once, and then never load again.

What i have tried:
I have tried using a different Windows XP CD, i have tried using a different CD-ROM, i have removed his modem and network-card, as well as disabling his on-board audio and RAID, i have tried removing one HDD, i have two in thier, and installing it to the different HDD, i have reset the bios also to no avail.

If anyone has any idea how to help me it would be greatly appreciated, this computer was working perfectly then all of a sudden it just started to lock-up, does this sound like a heat issue? it runs at around 60 degrees celcius, i tried installing a better HSF but it still runs at 60 degrees, HSF is a volcano 7+ currently, and still running at 60 degrees, i dont think a heat issue would cause all of the errors i am getting though. I also have two sunon 5000RPM case fans inside the box. Even with the case off it runs at 60 degrees, could the reporting tool be wrong? i am also using Arctic Silver on the heatsink.

System Specs are as Follows.
AMD Atlhon XP 2000+
Epox 8K3A+
256MB Kingmax DDR333
Leadtek Geforce 3 Ti-200

I am stumped, i have no idea!

:eek: <b>This is an exceptionally bas sig!</b> :eek:
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  1. Heat could be a problem. Or faulty RAM. If you have 2 sticks of RAM, try just one at a time. Or if you have just one stick, see if your friend could lend you one to try. OR, try backing off on the timings (e.g. CAS level and FSB).

    <i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
  2. This problem is also happening to me
    and sometimes it show "Irql_Not_less_or_Equal" message.... and my cpu temperture is at 31degrees C
    and my motherboard is at 27 degrees C
    I just replace a new motherboard (Asus P4S533) and when i install Windows XP the same problem happens

    what do u mean by faulty ram does it mean the DDR ram is defective or broken???
  3. possibly.

    <i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
  4. RAM problem very possible.

    Have someone burn a cd for you - memtest86.
    You can find the free program at ''. Burn the ISO of the latest version. I found the easiest way to run the test is to remove all memory but one stick in slot one. Boot off the cd and run the test. If Memtest starts listing things on the lower half of the screen the memory is bad. Swap the RAM with your second (and third) stick and run the test on these.
    My XP all of a sudden hosed. Tried to repair and got the same messages as you - unable to read file. Ended up being bad memory. It would muck up info between the HD and CPU.

    Logic goes away if it is not the first or seemingly obvious answer to a problem. :eek:
  5. Mine was also working just fine and crashed during ut2k3. rebooted but wouldnt load all the way. then all i got was a file missing or corrupted error. had to do full reinstall and partion. ended up being a bad memory stick. when i put it back in windows crashed again. so now im down to only 256 meg.
  6. Faulty ram could be some of the memory in the ram is defective...
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