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After having the most trouble I have ever had trying to set up a new system, it appears that the memory was to blame. I did all of the following and had various problems along the way:

I have been trying to install Windows XP Pro on my primary machine for months now, and I always end up with problems at some point, usually during the update process, but really at all times, from the initial re-boot (going right to BSOD), or sometimes during install, Windows states that it cannot install "System" drivers for "disk drive", and then after re-start, the CD-ROMs are not there. Other times, while I am downloading windows updates, some won't complete correctly, or, after all updates are installed, I can't get into >administrative tools>computer management...I get an explorer error. Then my video drivers crap out and I get a 4 bit res screen until I uninstall the vid drivers, and on and on...

 

I have replaced the following since I started this process:

1. Hard Drives

2. CD Rom drives

3. Motherboard

4. Power supply

5. Windows XP Pro disk

6. Video Card

7. Hard Drive again.

 

I had virtually built a new system except the CPU and Memory. Finally with help from Microsoft (India...) I got the O/S installed and updated but then anytime I tried to install any program the was of any decent size, i.e antivirus, or Zone Alarm, etc. I would end up getting errors and have a corrupted install. Someone suggested maybe I had crappy Memory, and I said "No way, I have high quality memory (2x CMX512-3200XL-2.2.2.5) that has been tested on my particular MoBo’s (Asus P4C800 Deluxe, and after replacing that one I was using an Asus P4P800-E Deluxe). Well I figured I would go pick up some new memory anyway and try it. If it wasn't the problem, then I would have 2 GB in my machine. Well I couldn't find the exact same modules, so I bought some TWINX 1024-3200C2 and installed that.

 

From that point forward, I have installed a number of programs (Microsoft Office XP, Norton A/V 2006, Zone Alarm Pro, ALL Microsoft Updates, etc...) with absolutely NO problems.

 

I would like to have these modules replaced, so that, since I have a practically complete system of good components, I can build another system with all those parts I replaced w/ new during the troubleshooting process.

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Please load setup/optimized defaults and then set the Dim Voltage to 2.75 volts (+.2 Volts W/Giga-Byte) and then set the timings manually to the tested settings for the specific module you have, XMS3200XL Cass 2-2-2-5 for example or if you have Value Select "BY SPD" and then test the module/'s one at a time with www.memtest.org! If you still get errors, please follow the link in my signature “I think I have a bad part!” and we will be happy to replace them or it! However, if you get errors with both modules that would suggest some other problem and I would test them in another system or MB to be sure. In addition, with this MB you have to disable legacy USB in the bios when running any memory test.
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