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possible hardware issue, cannot load 2000

Working on this for 4 days now and still no luck. System is a Dell Dimension 8200, 1.8Ghz, 256 Mb Rambus memory. Initially the machine came with Windows ME installed. Switched over to 2000 2 years ago but it has never been right. Have time at present so got new Hitachi 120Gb drive and started from scratch (have also tried with a 40Gb drive). Errors appear if I use the boot disks or if I try to boot from the CD. The errors include ntkrnlmp.exe corrupt or missing, setupdd.sys error 4, etc. They vary. I have contacted Dell 3 times as the machine is still under warranty but no success. I am convinced it is a hardware thing. I have updated the BIOS and even managed to load 2000 when I changed the CPU setting from normal to Compatible. However, while this works it is much too slow and when I change back to normal again, more errors and a failure to boot. I am really at a loss with it and would happily go out and replace parts if I knew what was wrong. Help appreciated
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Just a suggestion but it may be an idea to post a pointer to this question into the hardware channel too,

How do I create a pointer Q so I can point to a question in another topic?

Deb :))
caseyccAuthor Commented:
Think I have it sorted finally but I don't understand why. I loaded Service Pack 4 on after switching back to the compatible setting of the CPU. After rebooting I changed back to the normal setting of the CPU and it seems to be fine. Still wouldn't mind an explanation if anyone recognises the problem.
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