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XP pro hangs during Laptop installation

Hi,
I have been trying to install XP pro for a day now. I have used several Disks. and tried The MS knowledge base to no avail.
It is fine until I reach 'Saving Settings' Where it hangs. The pages are still animated but theprogress bar remains still. I have left it for several Hours also. It remains at 9 minutes, but pleanty of HDD activity. If I try and reboot the installation crashes with the error 'setup failed to install the product catalogs' and/or the signature for windows xp pro setup is invalid. the error code is fffffe0b.
workarounds here:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;823303&Product=winxp
either dont work or I cant change. I only have 1 256mb memory module.
I have a Desknote A901 Laptop. It is a clean install on a formatted (NTFS) partition.
All help gratefully recieved.
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jmcaliskey
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shivsaCommented:
have u check the hcl(hardware compatibility list) from microsoft website.
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sunray_2003Commented:
Not sure if this would work

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000467.htm

Sunray
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sunray_2003Commented:
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SNilssonCommented:
Try to format in FAT32 mode and see if it makes a differens, you then convert it to NTFS if all is well.
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Rob StoneCommented:
What part of the fix's couldn't you change?

Also try disableing the APCI setting.  I saw winme lock up loads on that before, maybe you have a similar issue.
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
Also check the BIOS dosnt have Virus checking enabled this will stop the install writing to the boot sector and crash the installation

Pete
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jmcaliskeyAuthor Commented:
At 6.30 am I disabled all hardware in the BIOS. and it installed.
But now it goes to a blank screen just after the windows XP startup screen, no activity at all and hangs. I can boot into safe mode fine.
Im going to try an AMI bios update. If I can work out how to run it, It only works in DOS
The laptop dosnt appear in the HCL. but I dont know the components, just the manufacturer.
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Rob StoneCommented:
In the boot.ini file put the switch's /sos and /basevga.

Also disable any non essential hardware in device manager in safe mode.
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FocusynCommented:
your current symptoms are indicative of a problem with the ACPI.  MAke sure it is turned off in the bios, and if you didn't do it the first time, go back and reinstall using the standard PC HAL.  To choose this, hold down the F5 key when right before the install CD gets to the portion where the screen is blue and it says "press F6 to install additional scsi drivers..." etc.  just keep pressing it a couple times per second and when it gets to the right place, a menu will pop up asking which to use, scroll down to Standard PC and use that.  It will prevent problems that arise from use of ACPI.  If this does not fix the problem, you can make a one-way change back to ACPI after install by going to device manager->computer and changing it there by going to properties where is says Standard PC.
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jmcaliskeyAuthor Commented:
There is no option to disable ACPI in the BIOS.
I tried the Standard PC HAL too which didnt make any difference.
BUT.
I found out that this 'Laptop' uses satandard PC133 memory.
So I swapped one from an old desktop and It installed.
Of course when I swapped back XP fell over completly.
So I guess it IS bad memory. Im gonna go to crucial, buy a stick and keep you all informed.
Thanks
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jmcaliskeyAuthor Commented:
Yep,
Installed memory, everything worked fine. Typical.
Thanks all for trying. It seems Im just too stubborn.
Cheers
John
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jmcaliskeyAuthor Commented:
PS.
It was the memory that was installed by the vendor.
Desknote by ECS (elitegroup)
Again thanks
y'all
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
GLad you are fixed :0)

Pete
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SNilssonCommented:
This Question is getting old, can you please clean it up.

Regards SNilsson
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FocusynCommented:
retain points to author - bad hardware he diagnosed himself.
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moduloCommented:
PAQed, with points refunded (500)

modulo
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