Cannnot install XP, Session 3 Initialization error
Posted on 2003-11-14
I have tried to install Windows XP on a 1 year old ASUS motherboard computer running 512 Ram with an 1800 Athlon processor. I am using a brand new OEM versioon of the XP Pro CD ROM which I purchased on a website. The CD is totally legal, and s the full version, not an upgrade.
After unsuccessful attempts to install from the CD in Windows 98 (which was running well on the computer), I removed all hardware except the existing AGP Video Card, a floppy, and a CD rom, and then attached an unfornmatted 120 GB Maxtor drive. In this way there was no software running and I booted from the CD drive. No matter what I do I always get the Session3_Initialization error after all the drivers load from the Windows XP CD.
The specific location is always
STOP: 0x0000006F(0xC0000020,0x00000000,0x00000000, 0x00000000)
SInce there is no other software on the machine besides the XP CD, the problem has to be hardware. Obviously the XP install is stymied by some hardware problem but what can it possibly be considering that there is nothing plugged into the motherboard except one 512K ram chip, a floppy, the CD drive, and the video card. I would assume that if the RAM was bad it would give me problems in 98. The only thing I have not done is swapped the video card or RAM.
This is a one year old ASUS A7V333 board with OCZ DDR 333 512 ram.
The machine has been running Windows 98Se perfectly for a year.
I spent 30 minutes with Microsoft and the tech could not help me. He just told me it was a hardware problem which is has to be since there is no software.