BSOD during inital (clean) install of XP Home
Posted on 2006-06-03
A little background of what I'm doing. I read an article on Tom's Hardware about overclocking a Pentium D 805 and I decided to give it a shot.
I assembled the new computer with the following items:
- Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Motherboard
- Pentium D 805 2.66Ghz CPU
- OCZ Gold Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 667 (PC2 5400)
- Gigabyte GeForce 7900GTX GFX card
- Enermax 500W PSU
- Zalman CNPS9500 copper CPU Fan.
- Seagate Baracuda 300GB HDD
- DVD +/- RW Drive
- SoundBlaster Xfi Sound Card.
The problems started during the very beginning of the install of winXP Home. First I would get file copy errors while system files were being copied over. If I just told it to retry a couple times, the install would continue a little while longer before I would eventually get BSODs. On most BSODs it didn't point out what went wrong other than it needed to shut down to prevent damage.
I tried the install process at least 5 different times. I got the IRQL_not less than something error a few times.
I swapped out the cd drive, I've tried a new (but identical) motherboard, I tried to install without the soundblaster card. Every single time I got a BSOD.
I read a few other people who posted here that it could be a memory problem. I used the Ultimate Boot CD and ran a memory test on the computer. Everything passed with flying colors.
I then thought it might have been a HDD interface issue. I checked the BIOS setting and all RAID settings were disabled.
Next I checked to see if it was the ram's position on the board. I had installed the 2 chips in banks 1 / 3, so I switched them to banks 2 and 4. Same problem. I tried slots 1 and 2 and that got me a little further in the xp install, but it still BSODed.
I thought the mobo was messed up at this point since it was an open box buy. I RMAed it and got a full new one in less than a week. The Install problem did not go away.
After sitting on it for a few days with a busted computer and parts all over the place, I thought, "Maybe the board isn't doing the Dual channel thing right" I removed one of the chips and now the computer is running fine with 1gb of ram on one stick rather than the 2gigs I had planned for. OS is installed along with GFX and sound drivers.
I hate to mess with the computer since its "working", but I wanted to get some suggestions. I want to say that it is the RAM but I dont want to buy another set only to have the same problem with it. Is there anything I may have overlooked?
Thanks for listening to me ramble.