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Attempting to load clean install of XP Home


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I bought a barebones unit that had everything in place with the exception of the HDD and my DVD drives which I added. BIOS recognizes all drives.

Problem...I am attempting to load the OS (a brand new copy of Win XP Home) and i continue to get error messages. It keeps telling me about all of these .dll and .sys files that Setup cannot copy to my system. Eventually, the installation just fails.

Beyond frustrated at this point. Any thoughts? I've already used the software that came with my HDD to wipe it clean and create new partitions but I ended up with the same problem.

I'm lost.
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Sounds like bad RAM. Try http://www.memtest86.com

Installation
===============
Memtest86 is a stand alone program that cannot be executed under windows and must
be loaded from a floppy disk.

To install Memtest86:
- Extract the files from the zip archive
- Open the directory where the files were extracted and click on "install.bat".
- The install program will prompt you for the floppy drive and also prompt you to
insert a blank floppy.
- To run Memtest86 leave the floppy in the drive and reboot.

NOTE: After the boot floppy has been created you will not be able to read the floppy
from windows. This is normal.
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Sounds like bad RAM. Try http://www.memtest86.com

Installation
===============
Memtest86 is a stand alone program that cannot be executed under windows and must
be loaded from a floppy disk.

To install Memtest86:
- Extract the files from the zip archive
- Open the directory where the files were extracted and click on "install.bat".
- The install program will prompt you for the floppy drive and also prompt you to
insert a blank floppy.
- To run Memtest86 leave the floppy in the drive and reboot.

NOTE: After the boot floppy has been created you will not be able to read the floppy
from windows. This is normal.

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I am running this test and it has been going for upwards of 2 hours. Do I have to manually stop it? It has returned what appears to be thousands of errors. How do I interpret these results? What am I looking for? Obviously, these numbers don't look too promising but I'm a bit skeptical.
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It was bad RAM....all is well now!

Thanks for the help!
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