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trouble installing xp pro with a8n32-sli delux

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i am having a nightmnare with my new asus a8n32-sli delux mobo. i am running a pair of corsair mem blocks at two gigs. i am using a seagate 250 gig sata drive that i plugged into sata 1.i am using a big water cooling system, and an amd 64 57fx processer.my bios is 1009. when i try to install xp pro from a clean disk(deep formatted) it loads all the system files and dlls. at the first reboot, it comes back with a message "bootdisk error" "please make sure the boot path is correct" . sometimes i get a "shutting down windows to protect your computor" error. if i try to install into my ide drive, at the the first reboot, all i get is a flashing underscore. evreything seems normal, it recognizes my cd,my drives, my floppy, it reads my mem correctly (i think) and everything powers up right. it fails on the first reboot of windows. if i press f8 and try to change the boot priority, i get a "setup is checking your hardwear settings" and then fails. blank screen. help. i have never had anything like this happen before.
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Seems like somthing with the Windows Installation isnt going right, even though before the first boot it appears all files are loading. The worst cause of bad windows XP Installations is usually bad or incompatible RAM.
I would pull out one of the Memory Sticks and try installing with the other one in the board only. And if it doesnt take...then swap them out and try again.

Also, did you check the bios to make sure that the HD is being recgonized properly?

Last but not least, its possible the Hard Drive going bad.

There could be other complications but those are at the top of my head. Try the RAM issue first. I realize that your components are probably brand new, but you never know. :tazz:
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By Doby

BIOS beep codes

1- Make sure you have a case speaker connected, if you are getting 1 long continuous beep this indicates the system can’t find usable ram, reseat the ram, try different ram or try the ram in a different dimm slot

2- 1 long 2 short indicates video error reseat the video card, try another video card

Nothing on the screen with no beeps

1-Make sure the hs (heatsink) is installed properly, tight with thermal paste applied
2-Make sure the cpu fan is connected to the correct header on the motherboard
3-Clear the cmos by unplugging the computer removing the battery then move the clear cmos jumper from pins 1&2 to 2&3 for 10 minutes
4-Replace the battery and move the jumper back to pins 1&2
5-Verify all motherboard jumpers are set correctly
6-Verify all case connections are correct ( case switch ect.)
7-Verify the power supplies 20/24 pin and 4pin 12v are tightly seated to the motherboard

Still won’t go

1-Remove all drives and cards except the video, remove front sound and usb
2-Repeat the above
3-The idea here is to get the computer to post and boot into bios if after doing so you are able to get into bios let the computer idle in bios for a while and watch the temps and voltages.
4-If everything appears normal load the bios defaults and make sure to save and exit
5-Now add the drives and install windows then add the remaining cards

Still won’t go

1-Remove the motherboard from the case and place on a piece of cardboard
2-Install only the cpu with hsf, 1 stick ram in dimm 1, psu, video card, case switch and case speaker
3-Connect ps2 mouse and keyboard along with the monitor
4-Repeat the above and power on
5-If the computer now boots into bios you most likely had a case short so make sure when installing the motherboard in the case that you use standoffs and they line up with the mounting holes in the motherboard and none of the standoffs touch anything else on the underside of the board.

If all the above fails to produce a post start a topic in the Geeks to Go hardware forum explaining what you have done and listing your full system specs

Also try running memtest on your ram, google for it, run it for a good few hours on each stick individually, errors mean youve got a bad stick.
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