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setupdd.sys could not be loaded. error code 4

I have fitted a new hard drive and am trying to install Windows XP Home Edition.
The system boots from CD and the Windows setup process starts.
The system then brings up an error message on ablue screen stating "setupdd.sys could not be loaded. error code 4"

Can you advise please

thanks
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jonw31
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R_RajeshCommented:
Hi jonw31,

your cd could be damaged...


Rajesh
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R_RajeshCommented:
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R_RajeshCommented:
jonw31,

strike my first comment,

its most probably a compatibility issue

Rajesh
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Paulh2003Commented:
some of your computer's devices may not be compatible with xp. is this computer new or did you build it?
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jonw31Author Commented:
It,s a system I built.
I ran Micro 2000 Microscope diagnostics which indicated a hard Drive failure.
On replacing the Drive I received the same error message.

It turned out to be a faulty DDR Memory chip !
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sdestroyCommented:
I actual started using experts-exchange after I got the problem with "setupdd.sys could not be loaded. error code 4". At first I was a bit dubious when a lot of the answers were indicating a hardware problem as it happened while I was installing a new program. The computer suddenly just shut down and when I rebooted it the message above appeared. I tried booting from a DOS disc and the XP CD but nothing helped. I never got to the Repair option nor the reinstall. The computer only displayed a problem with setupdd.sys or pci.sys.
But after reading the suggestions here I removed one RAM stick (I had 512MB and took 256 away) and suddenly the computer booted as it should.
Thanks for the tip!!
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dstapelCommented:
Same thing with me. It was working right? So why do I then need to swop two 256MB PC133 DIMMS around which were working with no worries to get things working again. *Sigh* That's why there's technet...
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fyrehawk111Commented:
THanks for this solution... I also found a faulty RAM stick.  Easiest fix ever.

BTW this started with an NTFS.sys error when XP was attempting to load.

fyrehawk111
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