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Installing Windows on a brand new machine causing errors

I am having such a problem installing windows on my new machine.

I built the computer myself and everything is hooked up right. My cmos says that all my drives are functioning and it's recognizing them.

I go to load Windows and the drive wasn't partitioned. I continue to install windows and come across a screen that says:

Problem with setupdd.sys. Setup has encountered an error and the computer needs to be restarted. PLease make sure all hardware and software are installed properly. If problems continue, disable BIOS memory options chaching or shadowing.

Then I restarted and it said NTLDR is missing.

I restarted again and started loading windows again and then I got another screen that said:

Setup cannot access the required Windows XP configuration information. Contact your system administrator!

HELP!

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rjmiller15Author Commented:
I tried reformatting the partitions and starting again.
 
Now I have come across ANOTHER error.

The file she1132.dll was not copied successfully.

The file Setup placed on your hard drive is not a valid Windows XP system image. If you are installing from a CD, there may be a problem with the Windows XP CD.
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chouprouteCommented:
Maybe your memory was wrong, this happen sometime and each time it's different file which got error. If you test with another momery and the computer do again the problem, Test to install from another CD player.

good luck

Marco
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MrArubaCommented:
copy errors while installing winxp are mostly caused by bad memory. goto www.memtest.org and test your memory.
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rjmiller15Author Commented:
First of all, this is a NEW computer if you read my original post - so how can I test memory on a computer that has no OS?  Not possible.

I already switched the memory around.  Still the same problem.

I am building this computer so I do not have another CD player to test.  I do not think it's the CD Rom unit.
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MrArubaCommented:

if you looked well on the page I suggested you'l see that this memory test can be run from a bootable floppy.
Look for this link :     * Download - Pre-Compiled package for Floppy (DOS - Win) - 62.2 KB

 Create the bootable floppy, stick it in your floppy drive, boot up computer et voila, you can test your memory from DOS thanks to the nice bootable floppy.
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chouprouteCommented:
First of all, this is a NEW computer if you read my original post - so how can I test memory on a computer that has no OS?  Not possible.

>If your have two memories, try to Boot Up your computer with only one.


I am building this computer so I do not have another CD player to test.  I do not think it's the CD Rom unit.
>A number of DVD Writer Unit have some trouble de read CD, so some Files are'nt copied on computer...


Check also ifyour HeatSink are hot, when computer heated, it make some error.


Good Luck

Marco
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rjmiller15Author Commented:
I will try booting up with ONE memory and trying that way.

Also - this isn't a DVD writer, it's a DVD player/ CD writer...I don't know if that makes a difference.

I will also try the bootable floppy for the memory test.
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rjmiller15Author Commented:
Ok here's the problem.  The new computer we will refer to as Mario's Computer.  My computer I will refer to as Mine.

I go to make a bootable floppy on MY computer, but can't b/c I do not have a floppy drive.  I was going to use Mario's floppy drive but a pin is broken on the FDD1 slot on my mobo so that won't work.

I tried taking out ONE of the memory sticks and rebooted the computer and tried to install windows and came across another error this time: sprio800.dll.

I got another bright idea to take the hard drive from Mario's computer and make it the master on MY computer.  Next problem.  Mario's hard drive is a SATA hard drive.  OK well my mobo supports SATA but I have to enable it in my BIOS.  I go into my BIOS and it's password protected!  I have no idea how to reset my password manually besides taking out my battery for x amount of hours.  I don't have that kind of time.

Please help!
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