Originally Posted by Rocketta
I've had the hardest time getting Windows xp installed on my older PC....I kept getting a blue screen saying my chipset was bad.....so I bought and installed another motherboard....reinstalled 98 and then went to install Windows xp....it still gave me a crazy error.
Could the problem possibly in a bad cd......even the very first time I installed it I got a can't copy "xxx" file error but then I tried it again and it went through but then the system crashed and I haven't been able to get it installed again. I got new Ram (well it was still under warrenty and I made them replace it). So I know it's not the hardware. Here's the specs of my motherboard....
Audio Sub Systems:Creative Ensonique 1373 PCI Audio National Semiconductor LM4548 CODEC
Communication Port:1-16C550A UART'S -9 pin D-Sub
Communication Port:1-Parallel Port
CPU Chip Set:Via VT82C694X AGP4X NB
Expansion Slots:6 PCI, 1 AGP
Floppy Drive Interface:1-Floppy Drive
I/O Chip Set:Winbond ‘977 Super I/O chipset
IDE Chipset:Via VT82C596 B ATA-66 SB
Maximum Memory:768 MB
Memory Size/Type:ECC/Non-ECC, unbuffered, VCM
Primary IDE Type:ATAPI Devices, Modes 3/4 IDE, Bus mastering, Ultra DMA/66 Sychronous DMA Mode Transfers
Processor Type:Pentium II/III/Celeron
Secondary IDE Type:ATAPI Devices, Modes 3/4 IDE, Bus mastering, Ultra DMA/66 Sychronous DMA Mode Transfers
Socket Type:SECC/Socket 370
Universal Serial Bus (USB):2 Stacked Standard USB Ports
do you have a new Windows XP or an old one?
is it SP1, SP2 or the original version?
This is not documented anywhere that I know of, but apparently there is a problem with system hardware drivers for old system in the original version of XP.
The reason why I say that is, I installed it on an old machine that was running ME without any problems. XP installed fine but from time to time the system would crash, blue screen, memory failure system halted, and it would recommend to check the hardware because it was damaged.
I would run testing software that would not find a problem with the hardware.
When I installed SP2, the problem went away, so my guess is that there was a faulty memory driver for that kind of ram that was fixed later on.
That can be your problem, it might not be able to load the some system drivers and the the OS will crash (one question I should have asked is if the crash happens before or after it loads the OS, during installation, it first install the basic files needed to boot from the harddrive and then it reboots the machine and continues installation, if the crash happens before that reboot then it's not the driver.)
Another possibility is that your hardware is not XP compatible, for that you would have to go to the Microsoft site and go to the Windows XP page and find the hardware compatibility table, if it's too old it might not be compatible at all.