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STOP 0x0000007B error at brand new PC Win XP Pro SP2 installation

I'm out of answers why my new PC will not allow Windows XP Pro SP2 to install.  System Specs:

ABIT AB9 Pro Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
OCZ S.O.E 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) SDRAM Unbuffered (5-5-5-12, 2.0v)
SAPPHIRE 100141L Radeon X1300 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card
COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power 713001180 ATX12V 600W Power Supply
2 x Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YD 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drives
SABRENT CRW-UINB 52-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader

I have already swapped out EVERY piece of hardware (except the processor), INCLUDING the MB (I bought 2 of them at once), and I still get this STOP error.  I have also tried booting to a Symantec Recovery Disk (2006) with same result and a HIREN's Boot CD (v8.1)

I've been trying to install Windows XP Pro SP2 (32bit version).  Becuase this system is capable of 64bit (my first system of this capability) do I HAVE TO use a 64bit OS?

Any help is greaty appreciated.

Kurt Dschida
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Hi Kurt,
We had a very similiar post here yesterday.
I will find it and post a link.
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Are you setting up a RAID array?
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Thanks for all your responses Vic.

The BIOS has the latest build - 13.  And, if you're familiar with ABIT MBs, after the PC boots, it does show 'FF' on the PCD (POST Code Displayer) which basically means the system POST finished so, ABIT is not claiming a problem here.

Yes I was originally planning a RAID 0 system but, after the first few time I received this error, I ended up just skipping the RAID setup for now and am just trying to get the PC to work.

Also, thanks for the link.  I'll check it out and see what I can find.

I found the following post this morning on ABIT's Forum!!

I just got it from ABIT by e-mail :

Abit Says :
'We have tested this BIOS and it solved most memory booting fail issue which we encoutered from July/06.
I believed it has a great improvement for memory and OC compatibilities.
Please be so kindly to let me know, if it is solving yours.... and State Your Memory details & bios settings again'
Note: Please do CCMOS once after upgrading new BIOS.

MOST of my problems are now gone except XP can't see the RAID 0 ARRAY so, just for testing purposes, I installed to one of the two drives.  WooHoo!!  Up and running!!

Thanks for your help Vic.

Glad the BIOS trick worked.

You will find this hard to believe, but I have a friend in the Army named Kurt Tschida - you guys must be cousins or something.

Do you know how to 'close' a question?

Take care,
NO WAY!!  I have heard a couple times in my life of people who have that name (Tschida) but, have NEVER heard of somebody having the EXACT SAME name with only one letter difference...  That is WILD!  Are you in contact with him still?  I dabble in geneology every so often and have never found a connection between these two names.  Although, I'd love to hear if he knows anything about the history of his name.  I don't think EE will let me put my email address here for you in order to give it to him - any thoughts?

As for 'closing' a question... I've no idea.

My email address is in my 'Profile', drop me a note.

Closing instructions:

Take care,