Re: Windows XP Pro clean install issues, SP2 issues too...
Howie <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I have been trying to install Win XP Pro on a P3 - 733 machine with an
> Intel D815EEA motherboard/CPU. I bought a 256 MB RAM stick of AZENRAM
> from Futureshop (Canada eh!). I used the two spare 13 GB HD's that we
> kicking around as well. I flashed the BIOS too (I read that one
> should do this before a clean XP install).
> The install goes ok until I get the message:
> "the file xxxxx.xxx was not copied correctly. The file setup placed on
> your HD is not a valid Windows XP system image. If you are installing
> from CD, there may be a problem with the Windows XP CD." After each
> error message it gave me the option to "Retry or Skip". "
> xxxxx.xxx stands for various files, such as "dxmrtp.dll" or
> I hit "Retry" many times, but it appeared to eventually copy the file
> correctly. This happened numerous times during the install (at least
> 15 times).... it eventually got through the install however. I tried
> another WIN XP CD (original, not copied)... same problem.
> I "googled" the error message and some people say it's a bad RAM
> stick, others say a bad hard drive, CD drive or Power Supply. Others
> say it's the motherboard.
> XP starts up ok, and it appears to be functioning ok as well. I have
> install a great deal of updates too. When I tried to install Service
> Pack 2, I got this service pack 2 setup error message: "a component's
> file does not match the verification information present in the
> component manifest." Service pack 2 then uninstalls itself.
> I have ran two RAM diagnostic utilities (DocMemory and Memtest86), the
> RAM tested ok. I switched hard drives, no fix... swapped CD drives,
> still no fix. I even changed the Power Supply... no fix. I swapped out
> the motherboard/CPU (I have a spare)... still no fix... this is
> starting to get on my nerves. It sounds like the original install
> wasn't a good one, even though the machine seems to run ok (this post
> is sent to you on this machine)...
> Should I tweak the BIOS settings? Any ideas / tips / suggestions /
> advice? I'm at the end of my rope.
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