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System Built... But problems have occured

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Now that I've built my computer, and Installed XP on it, I'm having issues. I didn't immediately update all my drivers, (First Build Oversight) but installed a few other programs first. Now however, I"m having large issues with Windows. I'm hanging up on programs frequently, especially anything which saves information to the HDD. When I try to run an InstallShield program, (Including the drivers for the MoBo, VideoCard, etc) The Install Shield Wizard hangs on the Initializing screen (small rectangle) , for hours on end. I haven't overclocked anything, everything is set to default. Should I just wipe the drive and reinstall everything? Should I try to re-install Windows? I'm in a little over my head now, and would like any assistance possible. I don't see how this can be a hardware issue, but I'm at a loss of what to do. Im unable to install/uninstall anything using the InstallShield, and the Windows Add/Remove Programs feature isn't working either.

Please help!

(If this is in the wrong forum, please direct me to a more appropriate one.)

If it helps, my parts list is as follows:
(Thanks for the wonderful help I received in making a better list a week ago!)

Motherboard - ASUS M2N-E Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail

PSU - COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS-430-PMSR/P ATX12V Max: 400W (Continuous), Peak: 430W Power Supply - Retail

RAM - CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

HDD Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Optical Drive - SONY NEC Optiarc Black

Floppy Drive- NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM

Case - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Video Card - Foxconn FV-N79SM2D2-OC GeForce 7900GS 256MB

Edited by Kanilas, 29 July 2007 - 02:07 AM.

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I'm FAR from being an expert, but since no one else has offered advice I'll give my two cents. I recently completed my own build (very similar to yours actually) and had a few problems starting up myself. I had to use W2K since I seem to have misplaced my copy of XP, and when I started up I had problems with the graphics and with the hard drive not being fully recognised (although I think you'll be OK with XP). I would suggest reinstalling windows from scratch, as you mentioned. Then first thing I would do after that is get the latest service pack, followed by any important updates for windows. Then install all the essential drivers, and finally your programmes.
So I'm pretty much just suggesting what you already thought of yourself :whistling: But even if a total reinstall isn't necessary, if you're having such problems already it seems to me a good idea to wipe the slate clean and restart to make things run more smoothly.
Sorry I couldn't help more, and good luck.
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