XP freeze at 33 minutes to go
Posted on 2006-05-22
My Windows XP SP1 is hanging at 33 minutes to go during installation. This topic is mentioned in numerous places on the web including this forum, but unfortunately the 'accepted answer' on this forum is rather different to my particular problem...
Windows would not boot one day and reported weird stuff like wrong processor speed at the DOS stage, then jammed. I went through several repair processes then eventually reformatted and went for a reinstall. It froze with 33 minutes to go. I thought I was protected since I am a ritualistic Ghoster, but it did not work this time. I messed around a lot- lots of install attempts, changed BIOS settings etc.- even the battery, then eventually took it to a local repair shop. They said that the Asus p4b533 Mobo had gone. I got a new one , a p4c800 which was recommended by the vendor as the only one still compatable with my heatsink mount etc.
The new Mobo did the same. JohnDecker's thread on this was interesting, but the accepted answer (spyware) cannot apply to me since this is a reformat install without being connected to the net. I have removed all hardware I can and am running on only a graphics card. I have substituted every single piece of hardware (CPU, mem, CD etc (except PSU- surely not that...)) and it is always the same, although I have to say that every combo of BIOS settings and hardware is not a realistic elimination process. The memtest solution suggested somewhere here is surely not appropriate since I have tried different sticks.
Can anyone offer any help?
PS I really believed that Ghost was my saviour- beware! If your Motherboard dies, the Windows embedded in your image may not want to wake up and see a new Mobo if your original has been discontinued!