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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sto0, Jan 22, 2007.

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  1. sto0

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    Hi, I am re-installing windows XP on a different computer.. a Pentium 4 3.00ghz. Before attempting the re-install winxp would crash on the machine with a :

    irql_not_less_or_equal
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    0x0000000a (0x80585f07, etc

    I attempted to re-install windows xp on the machine, everything went fine untill about mid-way through the installation of the files, when the computer crashed with the same error.

    I was having problems with my second hard drive, a maxtor 60 gb, so I disconnected this from the machine and tried again.. the setup seemed to get a little further but then crashed again with the irql_not_less_or_equal error.

    Now Im trying to load winxp in safe mode, but I can only go back to the windows installation screen.. which just crashes. IM STUCK.

    Any advice would be appreciated, Thanks!
     
  2. bbearren

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    Physically uninstall any hardware that is not necessary for the machine to boot (printer, sound card, NIC, etc.), go into BIOS and choose the default settings (but make sure you can boot from CD), then try again.
     
  3. sto0

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    I've disconnected all unessecary hardware, then entered BIOS and set all defaults.. rebooted and tried again :

    as before, while the winxp installation is "Installing Devices.." it crashes.. irql_not_less_or_equal .. it makes it about 75% of the way through installation of devices before this occurs.
     
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  5. sto0

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    Well the main issue now is, the setup has gone so far that I can't cancel it from the menu.. and if I try to boot into safemod or back to the last known good configuration it tells me I cannot and must go back to Windows Setup.

    also im unsure of how to turn off caching and shadowing as suggested at that site..
     
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    You most likely have hardware issues. Have you considered downloading the disk manufacturer's diagnostic and running it? Next, I'd run a memory test for a couple of hours.

    Microsoft Memory Diagnostic

    MEMtest86
     
  8. sto0

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    Well I've managed to get a little further, But the setup has paused stating :

    "The file a3d.dll on Install disk is needed."

    i've browsed around and cannot locate this file.. anyone else encountered this problem?
     
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    That's a required file. I really think that you need to do some hardware diagnostics here. Any time I've had issues like this installing Windows, it turned out to be a hardware problem. Of course, it could also be a bad CD, is this a distribution CD or one that you burned?
     
  10. sto0

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    I will try doing diagnostic tests, how would I go about doing this? I mean.. I can't even get out of the Windows XP Setup.

    Would I do the tests for the maxtor hard drive? Please explain for me.. (Thanks!)
     
  11. bbearren

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    Some motherboards need their drivers installed before you get very far into the Windows installation. Fairly early in the routine you are offered a chance to press F6 to install any special drivers before continuing.

    The fact that it is an IRQ error you're getting points to hardware pretty definitively. Can you give us some more specs on your PC?
     
  12. sto0

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    pc specs:

    P4 3.00ghz
    ASUS p4p800 motherboard
    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2
    GE Force FX
    DVD Rom & DVD/CD RW Drive
    running Windows XP Pro (sp2)

    I will check the ASUS website and download the drivers, see if that helps.
     
  13. sto0

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    Is it possible to disable caching and shadowing with the asus p4p800? I cannot find that option anywhere in CMOS.
     
  14. bbearren

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    I doubt that's an option. Caching and shadowing are performance tweaks from days gone by, and most modern motherboards don't support it because there's no performance to be gained.
     
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    The diagnostics I mention all run from their own boot disk, no Windows required. I really think that's where you should start.
     
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