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Topic Title: System Freezes/Hangs During XP INSTALL
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Created On: 03/10/2005 08:46 PM
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 03/10/2005 08:46 PM
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-Power Supply 550W
3.3V @32Amp
5.0V @40Amp
-Mother Board
ASRock K7VT4A PRO w/ AMD Sempron 2500
512MB Buffalo brand ram DDR400 set @ 200mhz
-Hard Drive
120GB Maxtor
-Video Card
Geforce 5200 128MB
-Heat Sink
Foxconn CMI-P3-1S

Ok my problem is when I'm trying to install Windows XP it gets throught the drivers that it needs to load and gets to "Starting Windows" then Locks (no restart) the caps lock or number lock lights will no longer work. Ive tried it a few times and once I got the "blue screen of death" and another time it acutally got further then the "starting windows screen" up to the formatting the drive with NTFS or FAT file systems. Now this is what is stumping me, In the CMOS it says CPU temp is running at 120-126 F or about 49 C. Which is about in the range (certinaly not enouhph to lock it up). I think, but I am not sure that my Heat Sink might be too small. When in CMOS there is nothing hapening with your cpu (or very little) so im thinking that when it starts to get past the "starting windows" screen it must start to use quite a bit more processing power and overheat. Could somone look up my heatsink and tell me what they think? I would leave a link but most forums dont allow linking to other sites.

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 03/12/2005 06:20 AM
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Linking is fine - as long as you are not advertising, or advertising a competitor's product.

You could very well be right about your heatsink. It is rated up to an Athlon XP 2200+. The heatsink may be just shy of 'cutting it' for your processor. It would be a good idea to look into a heatsink that is rated for an Athlon XP 3200+ or higher.

Have you tried your RAM in different slots? Cleared CMOS?


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