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Solved: Windows XP installation BSOD at "installing devices"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by kelleyma49, Jul 25, 2007.

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  1. kelleyma49

    kelleyma49 Thread Starter

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    Here's my setup:

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965P-D3
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor, 150 GB
    CPU: Intel
    Optical Drive: Cooler Master DVD X16
    Nvidia: FoxCon 8800
    Memory: Corsair XMS2 CM2X1024-6400C4

    Here's my problem:

    I start off with a clean install, create a partition, format it (but I don't "quick" format it.) It starts the Windows Setup and gets to the part where it is "installing devices". Once it is halfway through "installing devices", it gives me a BSOD with IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL.
    Here's all of the things that I've tried to fix this problem:

    1. Disable on board LAN, USB, serial ports, and parallel ports.
    2. swap in a new video card.
    3. swap in new memory sticks.
    4. updating the motherboard BIOS.

    I've tried tests from the Ultimate Boot CD (http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/) on the hard drive, the memory and the CPU. Everything seems to check out. But no matter what I try, my installation always fails with the same BSOD.

    Does anyone have any advice?
     
  2. mysticsage

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    Make sure you unplugged everything except the mouse, keyboard, and monitor.. this caused problems when I was setting up my friends computer.
     
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  4. kelleyma49

    kelleyma49 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the responses.

    It turns out the CPU was bad (even though it passed one of the CPU tests on the Ultimate Boot CD.) Installing a different CPU has solved my problem!
     
  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    It usually is hardware when it happens during the install. :)

    You can mark your own threads solved using the thread tools at the top of the page in the upper right corner.© :)
     
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