Windows XP Pro - Setup crashes/hangs after "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration"
Posted on 2005-03-05
Okay, I'm baffled....
Asus P4S8X Motherboard (latest BIOS Installed)
1GB DDR 3200
ATI 9800 Pro All-In-Wonder 128Mb
SB Audigy (Removed at present)
Belkin 54G Wireless PCI Card
Crappy 56k Moden (Removed at present - may not go back!)
LG DVDRAM (On IDE PRI Master)
LG DVDROM (On IDA SEC Master)
160GB Maxtor IDE on Promise FastTrak 376 RAID controller
160GB Seagate Barracuda SATA (Removed at present - New drive with no data on it)
I used to have a GeForce Ti4200 video card and recently upgraded to the ATI. The plan was to also replace the noisy Maxtor with the Seagate. I also bought a new case (because the airflow in my old one was awful) and I've transferred everything across.
If I boot up from the original Maxtor (Windows XP Pro SP2) everything works fine... no problems, no crashes. But ideally I want to install the Seagate drive and install Windows XP on it. So I installed the drive, removed the Maxtor and inserted my Windows XP Pro CD into the DVDRAM drive, it picks up the CD and starts to boot. The problem is that after seeing the "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration" message, the screen goes blank and the PC hangs (completely, no Ctrl-Alt-Del, Keyboard clock.. anything). I took out the Segate and put the Maxtor back in and the same thing happens.
I've now reverted pretty much all the system config back to the way it was (although I've taken out the soundcard and modem), but I've replaced the ATI with the old GF4 Ti4200. Funny enough I've now also put the FDD back in the system (I didn't bother initially transferring it over as the days of the FDD are over as far as I'm concered!), and now Windows XP setup gets about 1 sec further (I get the blue setup screen with "Windows Setup" but nothing else... it hangs like before.
I've created a bootable CD and ran MemTest86 and it passed with no errors, I've reset the BIOS to defaults but it made no difference, I've reset the array config in the Promise 376 Setup, but no difference. I've looked up several articles on the Internet and can't find anything that exactly matches this.
I can't see it being a H/W problem, as like I said before... I'm actually running Windows XP on the system right now, with no errors... I just can't reinstall it from the CD (Incidentally, I've tried 2 difference Windows XP CD's, of which both are orignials and known to be good).
If there's anything else I can tell you, please ask! Thanks for looking.