Config: ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe mobo, AMD Athlon XP 3000+ CPU, 256 MB PC3200 Twinmos RAM, ASUS V9400 MX4000 AGP card, 1 Maxtor 120 GB IDE HDD, Liteon CD-RW, Floppy, 350 watt power supply.
I have put the SATA-switch to disabled and started installation of Windows XP Home (incl. SP2). The installation is started and files are copied, but then screen goes black, HDD-LED blinks one or two times and then the PC restarts and installation starts all over again. In another scenario the screen stays black, cursor blinking and nothing happens.
I tried other RAM (512 MB Kingston PC3200), other HD (Maxtor SATA 120 GB, with SATA switch enabled and installation of SATA drivers with F6 during XP setup), but nothing changed. I downloaded newest BIOS 1012e (allthough I think it is the one I already had) and flashed it, also no result.
So I suspected the motherboard to be the problem. But now the strange thing (in my opinion): I tried to install Windows 98 SE, and it installs without any problem, PC works just fine !!!
Then, to be sure, I installed Windows XP with only SP1, but same problem occurs again.
I am out of ideas, struggling for days now. Searching on internet I saw a lot of people having trouble with A7N8X-E but found no solution for my problem.
I would be very greatful if anyone can help.