I just built a new rig for my mom and I cannot get windows to install. Reformatting and the copy file phase work flawlessly, but then windows set up restarts before I even see the "x minutes left" screen. I have tried alternate RAM, a dual core processor (instead of the quad), and hard drive (IDE). I have also connected my PSU from my own rig to the devices in the new one, still restarts. I have set the mem timings manually 5-5-5-15, although there are a list of "other settings" with abt 8 items for further timing options. Here are my mom's system specs:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail
MOBO: ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail
VID CARD: EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
CASE/PSU: Athenatech A413WG.400 Beige / Gray Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX 2.01v 400W Power Supply - Retail
Sometimes I recieve an error message, 2 of which have said something about virtual memory and the other simply saying the operation was unsuccessful. HELP PLEASE!!!
It's tough to say, but it sounds like memory to me. I've seen some crazy things happen that is often rectified by bumping up the voltage. First thing I would do is try setting the memory voltage to 2.1v and see if it stabilizes. Wouldn't be the first time I've seen a voltage bump cure a PCs funky behavior.
hey, thanks for the quick response... the voltage bump up idea was not successful, am now wondering if I should try to mess w/ the other voltages? i dont know how harmful this could be but im guessing it could fry some parts? is it possible that the voltage for the CPU is off?
I had a similar issue w/ my old comp when i first built it and it turned out to be the RAM timings. But when the installation would restart my comp in that situation, it did it during the "blue screen" copying setup files phase. Because it always successfully completes that phase I do not think it is a memory problem, but what do I know!!
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