Windows installation issues on new hardware/PC

  Verdani 00:30 17 Sep 2006

I've built a new PC. Everything's wired and ready according to every tutorial I've looked at. I have my DVD drive and one hard drive on an IDE cable in order to install and set up Windows. However, I'm encountering countless errors during the dozens of installations I've tried. I'm using Windows XP Professional SP2. I usually encounter the errors during the initial setup - the 39-minute one. The errors come in all sorts of varieties. I've gotten 0x0000008E, 0x0000007A, 0x0000007E (I think), 0x000000A1... definitely others. Some of those codes might not be right, but that gives you the idea of the many errors I've come accross. These errors occurr during every installation, except different errors during each attempt at different points in the installation. The errors are terminal, so the installation progress is lost.

I've even tried Vista RC1. It encounters the same errors during unpacking files.

I really don't know what else I can describe - I've been troubleshooting for about a total of 10-12 hours now with no luck. I have formatted the hard drive several times.

I can install Windows XP using the same hard drive and optical drive on my old computer (with its motherboard and processor, etc), I've tried a couple times during the troubleshooting. I can not, however, install Windows on the old machine and put the HD back in the new - it comes close to working, but at the 'Start windows normally'/'safe mode'/'last known good configuration' screen, selecting any option results in either absolutely nothing happening or a bunch of command prompts appearing that do nothing. I have let it hang for hours at a time with no results.

Here are my hardware specs:

Motherboard - MSI P965 Neo
Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
Video Card - GeForce MX4000 128MB PCI
Hard Drive - 40GB Western Digital 7200RPM

Please, please let me know if you can lend some advice here - I'm really stuck at the moment, and short of spending $100 for somebody to do it for me, I can not get this thing going.

Thank you very much in advance.

  DieSse 02:20 17 Sep 2006

Some possibilities:-

Underpowered PSU (is it? - what have you got?)

Bad RAM (my favourite suggestion - Try with one module at a time (if you have two), or a different module.)

Problematic BIOS settings (change to failsafe defaults)

Overheating (check temperatures in the BIOS)

Other faulty hardware (change item by item)

  DieSse 02:21 17 Sep 2006

Also - try it with the hard drive and optical drive on seperate cables.

  Verdani 02:55 17 Sep 2006

Okay. The PSU should not be a problem as it's a ThermalTake 430W. The processor, Core 2 Duo E6400, typically runs at about 70 degrees C. The system temperature is maintained at or below 35 degrees. It's a bit warm, but that's probably dur to the amount of disk writing and re-writing going on. I also don't have my door fan powered on right now.

The RAM is Corsair XMS2 dual-channel 667MHz 1GB DDR2.. I've tried switching them around and removing each one, so I don't think that's the problem - but I will try it again.

I've also tried the failsafe defaults a few times. It doesn't seem to make much of a difference - not that I've noticed, anyways.

  Verdani 02:57 17 Sep 2006

Sorry - in response to your other reply,

I only have one IDE slot on the motherboard. I know this is a problem I'll have to fix soon, because I have another optical and another hard drive that are both IDE.

Thanks for the responses.

  ed-0 05:20 17 Sep 2006

Change the optical drive over.

Has the bios a boot virus detection setting, is it set to disbled.

drop the speed of the cpu and ram till the installation is over.

  Verdani 05:29 17 Sep 2006

I don't actually know how to reduce memory or CPU speed. However, I have figured out what may be the issue with a technician't help.

See, since I only have one IDE slot, both my optical and HD drives are on the same cable. This means the data is being rammed into itself on the cable, since normally the optical drives should be on a seperate cable from the HDDs. Right now, i believe the cable's being overloaded - resulting in all sorts of misinterpretations by the installation.

So what I plan on doing is buying a PCI IDE adapter tomorrow to run my hard drives on their own cable. This is how my old computer was set up, with the exception being it had two on-board IDE slots.

Any optinions as to whether or not this may be sucessful?

  ICF 08:42 17 Sep 2006

This new board is really designed with SATA in mind. If you have the money buy a new SATA hard drive.

  ICF 08:54 17 Sep 2006

There seem to be issue with this board and IDE over on the MSI forum
click here

  Verdani 14:55 17 Sep 2006

Oh jeez, now I don't know what to do. I'm thinking I need to get a SATA hard drive. There's a 160GB Barracuda abailavle for just under $80 - I'll probably take that. The thing is, I have one other IDE hard drive which I absolutely *need* the information from. I suppose this'll just call for some screwing around after the windows installation.

Thanks a load, guys, and thanks a lot, ICF, for pointing out that topic at MSI - I was just about to get the PCI IDE adapter.

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