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I am trying to reload windows xp pro on a system and its giving me a generic BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). I have ran memtest, it passed. I have removed all of the hardware on the board and even tried 3 different hard drives, and 2 different optical drives. And multiple different XP Instalations ( XP Home, and Media Center too) all returning the same error. I have tried different SATA cables all around and the same result. I am able to install Windows 7 no problem, however it hangs up on XP. It loads all the drivers for xp, and gets hung up when the final stage of  "loading windows" starts. Any help would be appreciated, this is driving me crazy!
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I would bet the BSOD is 0x0000007b ... means that it cannot communicate with your storage device - generally it happens on a system with SATA drives.  

What system are you working with?
What Service Pack is on your XP CD?
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by:jmarihart
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Yes, that is the code and its saying to remove any recently installed hardware, do a virus scan ect...
It is XP Pro SP3, the system is a Inte processor. And a motherboard that has no markings.
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The post above is correct. In addition, look in the BIOS and see if you can set AHCI to compatability mode. That may allow you to load XP.  ... Thinkpads_User
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The board may be a Zotac?
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by:csaroli
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try going into the bios and changing the sata mode to ata
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What brand/model is your actual computer?  If custom-built, it may be difficult  solve without knowing more about the motherboard.  As a workaround, you can look through the BIOS to see if there is an option to set your SATA controller and/or drives to ATA/IDE or Compatible (or even disable/turn off AHCI).
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by:nobus
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you did erase all partitions on the drive before installing XP ? if not, try that
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It is a custom built machine for a customer, and yes i wiped both drives and did a quick format on them.
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If you can't change the SATA/AHCI in the BIOS to ATA/IDE/Compatible, then I would recommend booting to an Ultimate Boot CD (http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/) and using one of the hardware discovery tools ... if we can get the chipset your motherboard has, then maybe we can get you a driver that will work.

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and i just enabled AHCI mode and it did the same thing
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So, you were already trying it in some sort of compatibility mode for ATA/IDE?  If you have tried both methods, I'd recommend the link above to find out more about your hardware.  Otherwise, you just start trying all the different Intel and nVidia chipsets trying to find the right driver.
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I dont believe its a driver issue, it will load all the drivers, but gets hung up on the "starting windows" after the inital run through.
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It loads all its native drivers, but XP has no native drivers for SATA controllers.  They must be supplied to the Windows Setup, either by way of the F6 prompt during Setup or slipstreamed/integrated into the installation files (where nlite comes in).  7b is storage related.  If it is not a driver issue, then your controller is bad.
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Since setting AHCI to compatability did not work (it usually does), then I would agree with nobus to delete all partitions (I have had to do this before). Keep AHCI set to compatability.  ... Thinkpads_User
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all partitions where deleted these are blank drives. And now its not wanting to read the CD, SATA or IDE.
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I am not sure what is driving you away from Windows 7. It works very well, and day by day, XP is deader and deader in the water. Windows 7 Pro comes with XP mode and you can properly load an XP machine with VMware to run XP for whatever you need.

So an option is to do what more and more people are doing - adopt Windows 7 Pro. ... Thinkpads_User
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We may just go that way... its for a customer so we shall see. Thank you all for the help
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>>   And now its not wanting to read the CD, SATA or IDE  <<  you may have problems there - best test the disk with the proper diag, find all on the ubcd : http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
you can run the quick test on the drive on all sata connectors, to make sure it is not a bad disk controller on the mobo
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