Okay, here's my situation, and I've spent well over 36 hours on this and it's driving me nuts! I trust you guys are much smarter than myself and I welcome ANY and ALL ideas on the subject:
Another quick preface: I'm assuming this is on topic, by the way. If you know of a better topic thread I should be posting in, please please do refer me. I'm new here and I did try to search and came up with nothing...
All that being said, first I present you with my basic info:
I'm building from scratch. No preinstalled OS. Therefore, no way to implement half of these steps, like running a registry file, or whatever...)
I'm attempting to install WinXP Pro (32bit).
Here's my hardware specs (along with relevant info in parentheses):
Motherboard: ECS G33T-M2 (BIOS seems to work just fine, recognizes all SATA-attached hard drives) Northbridge is G33 and Southbridge is ICH9
Memory: 4GB (4x1GB) G-Skill DDR2 800 (tested, seems to work just fine)
Hard drives: (2) Western Digital CaviarSE 500GB drives (I'm attempting to simplify things though, so feel free to just ignore all other drives, and assume I'm using just one 500GB drive, as I have no problem adding the other drives once WinXP is installed!)
ALSO, (2) 160GB Western Digital Caviar Drives
Processor: Intel 775 Socket Quad-Core (Q6600 I think? Forgive me, as I'm tired...)
I DO have a floppy drive, and I'm currently using an external USB CD-ROM, as my current optical drives are IDE, and I've got a card for that, but the BIOS doesn't seem to recognize that card, no matter what I do... So I'll put those in, after WinXP installs, I figure...
If you need additional info let me know!
Also, I'm installing with SP2 slipstreamed in, as the XP pro disc I've got is previous to ANY service packs.
SO NOW THE PROBLEM:
I'm continuously getting the BSOD, with the error 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524, 0xc0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
HERE'S WHAT I'VE TRIED ALREADY:
* Installing using my motherboard manufacturer's included drivers (they're unfortunately those pesky ICH9R ones, not plain old ICH9 ones.) (I've tried this using F6, and with nLite)
* Installing using the JMicron drivers (although I'm positive that isn't the issue, as the specs for the mobo state that they're using ICH9 Intel specs, not JMicron... but after like 50 tries, yeah...)
* Using non-textmode drivers (PnP)
* Stripping down to basic components (mobo, memory, one hard drive, keyboard, etc)
* Using SP1 instead of SP2 (ya never know...)
And variations of combinations of the above.
So... any ideas on how I can get this to work? I get all the way through installation, and before windows starts for the first time, the BSOD starts. Anything you folks can think of?
EDIT: Also, although I feel comfortable with most things, this is my first build, so feel free to treat me as a total noob, so step by step is encouraged, just as I have been working with this for so long, that I'm willing to try ANYTHING to get it to install...
Edited by puntoMX, 18 February 2008 - 09:44 PM.