Installing Motherboard - XP Repair

I'm installing my new motherboard, a DFI Infinity 865pe, I read to do a xp repair install as I'm hoping to save whats on my hard drive... I start the system, boot from CD, follow the instructions found here

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm

still, when it tries to boot XP, the system automatically restarts. I am prompted to start windows normally, last known, safe mode, but all have the same result of restarting. Since repair didn't seem to work, will my only option be to format the drive? Can I be sure that it won't do the same restarting thing when it tries to load xp?

also as a side note - the system will only start up if i have my 512MB pc2700 ddr333 RAM in a certain slot (there are 4), and won't start if it's in any of the other 3 slots. And system won't start if i use the 512MB pc2100 ddr266 RAM in any of the slots, although manual says they are both supported and all 4 slots are 184-pin DDR DIMM. seems strange...

any help will be appreciated!
thibert27Asked:
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CallandorCommented:
Problems installing the OS can usually be traced to bad RAM - you are going to have to be sure the RAM is good, and the motherboard is good.  For starters, try www.memtest86.com, but if you have a bad motherboard, it may fail.  Test the RAM in another machine, to be sure it is ok.
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CallandorCommented:
It is possible you have a malfunctioning motherboard, given the symptoms you are describing.  You can try a clean install, just to check.  When you say the PC2700 RAM will only work in one slot, is it the first one?  And are you trying to mix PC2100 RAM with your PC2700 RAM?
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thibert27Author Commented:
yes, the first slot... and yes i was trying to mix, shame on me. I'll give a clean install a try, but its sounding like i'm going to be needing a replacement.
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thibert27Author Commented:
okay.... in order to give me a better chance of saving my stuff i've tried formatting two other harddrives and installing xp on them to see if i could get the system up and running.... but both hds gave the same result. a stop error during xp installation. i'm afraid it'll do the same thing to my real hd if i try to reformat it..... what should i try next?
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thibert27Author Commented:
now with the original hd in it says that the installed xp is damaged, but when i try to repair it i get a stop error...
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thibert27Author Commented:
both sticks of ram work on my old motherboard... i'm using it right now.
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thibert27Author Commented:
okay.... looks like problem solved... i went back to the basics and did a reformat and installed win98... everything's lookin good and i'll just do the upgrade to xp.... and i used a spare 40 gig hd to install 98 so i'll be able to salvage my stuff from my original 80 gig hd... good times...
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thibert27Author Commented:
and since callendor is the only one who offered advice, you get all the points! lucky you!
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CallandorCommented:
Glad you found a solution - that was a strange turn of events.
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