Ok, here is the situation. I am upgrading a friends Dell computer. The only parts I am taking from it are a 37 gig IBM deskstar hard drive, DVD rom, CDRW and a floppy drive. And these are the parts I just bought:
-ABIT NV7-133R motherboard. Socket A Nforce chip with onboard sound, and LAN. USB 2.0 and RAID.
-AMD XP 1900+
- 2 sticks of corsair 256 meg DDR 2100 CAS 2.0
- Enermax case with 300 watt power supply, with extra 4 pin ATX connector needed for the motherboard.
Ok, now here is the situation, I am trying to install windows XP, it boots fine from the CD and starts the installtion. As it is copying files, it errors upon copying on about 20 of the files, AND they are different files every time.
Here is what I did to troubleshoot it:
I disabled all integrated peri. I could in BIOS including the RAID (hard drive is on the normal IDE connector), USB 2.0, LAN, and sound. I set my memory latency to AUTO (I tried 2.0, same errors).
1.I tried first the CD, all of my copies of XP that I KNOW work all errored.
2. I tried different CD rom and DVD rom that I know works, same error.
3. I tried replacing the cable, hard drive and cdrom cable, same error.
4. I replaced the hard drive with my personal one, still errors.
5. I tried clocking down the processor and RAM, same errors.
6. I tried XP home and Professional (they are the same at the point where my errors occur), same errors.
7. I HAVE NOT tried the RAM, motherboard or processor, nothing tells me that these parts are bad. I read many reviews about the board and they all gave the same review: the most stable board Abit has ever made.
I have no clue what can be causing the errors, I obviously cant install Windows XP all the way if it cant install drivers.cab and so on. The files are never the same, always different .dll files and .inf or .acs or whatever. I dont want it to be a simple "bad motherboard" solution because that is crap, the board works. I am working on flashing the bios, but Abit didnt say anything about the problem I am having as a fix for the new bios. It just simply recognizes the 2100+. Thanks!