Computer stuck in endless restart loop while installing XP


M

Maxi

Purposely crossposted coz I am not getting answers from the setup
deployment forum.

I have Intel Celeron 800MHz Processor on an Intel 815e chipset mobo.
256MB SDRAM, 40G HDD, CD-ROM, CD-RW, 1.44 FDD, Nvidia graphics card.

I was using Windows XP, SP1, SP2 on the same computer since two years
without any issues that proves there is no compatibility issues. I
haven't added any new hardware or software. Recently my comp was stuck
in Restart loop and therefore I decided to format my computer.

After formatting the computer thrice I have the same issue. I tried
changing the installation CD but luck.

This is what I am doing:
1. Boot from CD
2. I get a message: To setup press Enter, To repair press "R", To Exit
press "F3" -> I press Enter
3. F8 key to agree the EULA
4. I select my primary partition (C:)
5. I select "Format the partition before installing XP"
6. It creates a list of file to copy and copies.
7. Computer restarts
8. After restart, I get a message "Collecting info", "Peparing for
Installtion", "Installing files" and two more options which I could not
see because it restarts at this point and get stuck in a loop.

I have reseated memory, video card and every devices.

I have booted the computer in DOS and ran a Scandisk with Surface scan.
it went on for about 7 hours and the computer did not restart.

I installed Windows 98 and used the system for some and it did not
restart.

Why is it behaving crazy in Windows XP???

Please advise.
 
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R

Rock

Purposely crossposted coz I am not getting answers from the setup
deployment forum.

I have Intel Celeron 800MHz Processor on an Intel 815e chipset mobo.
256MB SDRAM, 40G HDD, CD-ROM, CD-RW, 1.44 FDD, Nvidia graphics card.

I was using Windows XP, SP1, SP2 on the same computer since two years
without any issues that proves there is no compatibility issues. I
haven't added any new hardware or software. Recently my comp was stuck
in Restart loop and therefore I decided to format my computer.

After formatting the computer thrice I have the same issue. I tried
changing the installation CD but luck.

This is what I am doing:
1. Boot from CD
2. I get a message: To setup press Enter, To repair press "R", To Exit
press "F3" -> I press Enter
3. F8 key to agree the EULA
4. I select my primary partition (C:)
5. I select "Format the partition before installing XP"
6. It creates a list of file to copy and copies.
7. Computer restarts
8. After restart, I get a message "Collecting info", "Peparing for
Installtion", "Installing files" and two more options which I could not
see because it restarts at this point and get stuck in a loop.

I have reseated memory, video card and every devices.

I have booted the computer in DOS and ran a Scandisk with Surface scan.
it went on for about 7 hours and the computer did not restart.

I installed Windows 98 and used the system for some and it did not
restart.

Why is it behaving crazy in Windows XP???


Test the memory using at least two of these utilities. They will create a
bootable floppy or CD. Let each one run for some time, not just a a single
pass.

Memtest86+
http://www.memtest.org/

Windows Memory Diagnostic
http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp

DocMemory Memory Diagnostic
http://www.simmtester.com/page/products/doc/download.asp

You could test with all memory installed, then each stick.

You might also want to download a drive diagnostic utility from the hard
drive manufacturer's web site and run it. I know you did scan disk from DOS
and ran Win98. It's just a suggestion.

Remove all devices except hard drive, CD, mouse, keyboard and video card.
Have you cleaned the CD drive? Tried a different CD drive?
 

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