Help! I've fallen prey to the blue screen of death

over the last month ive performed a serious overhaul of my system, replacing my processor, mobo, grfx card, RAM and adding a second hard drive.
everything worked fine for a couple of days, until i tried to hook my internet connection up through a router. it worked fine till i added the router, but started crashing after i hooked it up. of course, i unhooked the router, but the blue screens continued. now, whenever i boot the windows desktop comes up for several seconds, then crashes to the same blue screen.

anyway, heres the error message i get whenever i boot the system:

***stop: 0x0000008E (0x00000005, 0x804EC04X, 0xF805BB88, 0x00000000)

and yesterday, i tried reinstalling windows XP pro and got the same blue screen. the only difference was an extra stop message, which is as follows:

*** CTOSS2K.SYS - ADDRESS F964E3D9 base at F9647000, date stamp 364E7551

so, my reinstall of windows failed. ive read that sometimes you have to perform a clean install of windows XP after changing mobos. could this be my problem? if so, should i format the old C: drive? id really prefer not to, since i just did when i installed my extra hard drive (which was about a month before the other upgrades.)
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  1. A clean install does not necessarily mean you will have to format the hard drive.
    You mentioned that you reinstalled if you have the space try reinstalling to an alternate location something other then C:\Windows try C:\Windows2. “This is the Alternate Clean Install”
    Also before you reinstall remove your sound blaster Audigy card. The stop error you are getting “CTOSS2K.SYS” is from that sound card drivers so get the latest drivers from the creative website.
    This should allow you to backup or move information you would not like to loose!

    Let me know if any of this helped!
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  2. This is from MS KB:

    When you install Microsoft Windows XP, you may receive a STOP error message similar to one of the following during Setup:

    STOP 0x0000008e

    Additionally, if you troubleshoot by removing all unnecessary hardware devices that are installed on the computer, and then running Setup, you may receive an error message similar to the following:

    Setup cannot copy the file Setupdd.sys.
    This behavior can occur if one of the following conditions is true:
    One or more of the random access memory (RAM) modules that are installed on your computer are faulty.
    The RAM configuration is incompatible with Windows XP.
    To troubleshoot and resolve this behavior, follow these steps:
    Remove some of the memory modules that are installed on the computer. Leave at least the amount of RAM required for the computer to start and run Windows XP.

    The recommended amount of RAM to run Windows XP is 128 megabytes (MB). The minimum is 64 MB and the maximum is 4 gigabytes.

    For example, if two 256-MB memory modules are installed on your computer, remove one of the memory modules.
    Restart the computer, and then run Setup.
    If you again receive the error message that is described in the "Symptoms" section of this article, proceed to step 4.
    Remove a different memory module, or install the RAM in a different memory slot.
    Restart your computer, and then rerun Setup.

    You may need to restart your computer several times in order to identify the specific memory modules that are not working correctly."

    Just go to their site and search in the KB the other errors u encountered.

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  3. just to follow up on the RAM angle, also try underclocking the RAM.

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