can't install Windows OS on hard drive

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vance_iat

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I have a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop and I'm having an issue installing Windows XP. When I try to format the partition it completes but soon after I get stop errors: driver_irq_not_less_or_equal. This comes up every time. The CD is good. I've tried installing on the original hard drive and two new hard drives that Dell sent me. Now I'm thinking it's the motherboard but when I called Dell they said that it's a hard drive because when I remove the hard drive and try to install the CD it goes through the whole setup. I'm a little confused and don't know what the bad part is. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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First check your ram using a tester like memtest86 this runs from bootable media ie CD or floppy. No need for an os to even be installed. Let memtest run either over night or for at least 4hr. If it returns errors, you have found your problem.

Next check the hd with the hd maker's utility. You need to know who made the drive ie WD, Maxtor, Seagate, etc. Go to that site and download the diagnostic; again it runs from bootable media.

Once you check the hardware, then you can attempt an install.
 
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