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Bsod During Xp Install... Not Driver Related


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#1 MALDATA

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 01:05 AM

Hi all

My cousin had a drive crash on a Dell PC (now out of warranty) that was running Windows Media Center. He go t a new HDD and wanted to put XP Pro on it, so he bought XP SP2. He couldn't get it to install, so he asked me to look at it and I can't figure it out either. It's a Dell XPS, purchased in early 2006. Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, SATA drives.

When the install starts, it loads drivers and gets to the "Setup is starting Windows" message before you usually do the drive formating. Then I get the BSOD.

I read some posts that said it could be a bad install disc, so I tried a different one. No change. Some said the HDD could be bad, so I hooked it up to another computer, installed windows on it, then put it back in the original machine and it crashed trying to boot windows. I tried taking out non-essential hardware, but it made no difference. The install disk is XP Pro SP2, so it shouldn't need SATA drivers, which is another common answer I've been seeing (I already tried the F6 method, loading drivers during install).

Just to make sure all of the hardware is ok, I installed Ubuntu on it. Install went perfectly, Ubuntu runs just fine.

Please let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks!

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 01:21 AM

The installation should prompt you to install the drivers for the SATA hdd.

Installing the hdd in one computer and installing a Windows operating system and then installing it into another computer can result in damaging the operating system. There is information that the registry recognizes from the chipset of the first motherboard where the OS was installed, introducing it to the new chipset of the other motherboard confuses it, and this usually results in needing to reinstall the OS.

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:01 AM

Try this...

Once you install Windows XP on the drive (in another computer), remove all of the devices that you can in Device Manager - BUT DO NOT REBOOT!!!

Place the drive in the original computer and have the XP installation CD in the CD drive.
Boot from the CD (DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BOOT INTO WINDOWS!!!) and do a repair install according to these directions: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

More detailed information on the "moving XP" issues is available here: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

FWIW - this shouldn't be necessary and may indicate that you have broken or incompatible hardware.

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:42 PM

dc3:
Thanks for the help. I don't need SATA drivers though. XP SP2 has them built in, and just in case, I have tried doing the F6 thing to load the drivers anyway. Didn't help.

usasma:
You can't do a repair operation. You only get that choice after it gets through the "setup is starting Windows" phase, which is where it goes to a blue screen.

Thanks, everyone... Any other ideas?

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 07:48 PM

Hmmm...contrary to what you state, there is no version of XP that does not require the insertion of SATA drivers in order for XP to be installed on a SATA hard drive. There is no native support of SATA in XP Home or XP Pro, any version.

Did you read the response by dc3?

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 03:45 PM

contrary to what you state, there is no version of XP that does not require the insertion of SATA drivers in order for XP to be installed on a SATA hard drive.


I installed XP Pro SP2 on a SATA drive in a different computer without drivers. Maybe in that case the BIOS had some kind of compatibility mode. My mistake. Either way, I have already tried loading the drivers during the install. It still doesn't help.

Did you read the response by dc3?

Yes. I'm ok with reinstalling the OS, I'm just trying to get it to do something different so I can diagnose the problem.

Thanks for the help... let me know if you have more suggestions!




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