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HELP! Custom Build System Problem w/ XP

Discussion in 'Windows - General discussion' started by Kimarra, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. Kimarra

    Kimarra Member

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    Ok, I decided to custom build a system as opposed to purchasing a new one from a store. Here are the specs:

    GIGABYTE GA-945GZM-S2 Core 2 Duo/ 945GZ/ DDR2/ A&V&GbE/ MATX Motherboard
    # GA-945GZM-S2
    # CPU: Socket 775 support Intel Core 2 Extreme/ Core 2 Duo/ Pentium D/ Pentium 4/Celeron D processors;
    FSB 1066 (Overclock)/800/533 MHz
    # Chipset: Intel 945GZ Express & ICH7
    # Memory: 2x 240pin DDR2-533/400 DIMMs, Dual Channel, Max Capacity 2GB
    # Slots: 1x PCI-Express x16 Slot (Run on x4); 3x PCI Slots
    # IDE/SATA: 1x ATA-100 Channel, 4x SATA2 Ports
    # Audio: Realtek ALC888 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    # Video: Integrated Intel GMA950 Graphics Controller
    # LAN: Marvell 8001 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    # Ports: 8x USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear, 4 by headers); 2x PS/2 Ports; 1x Serial Port; 1x Parallel Port;
    1x VGA Port; 1x RJ-45 LAN Port; Audio I/O Jack
    # Power Connector: 1x 24pin Main Power, 1x 4pin 12V CPU Power
    # Form Factor: Micro ATX, 22 x 24.4 cm

    SONY 20X DVD+/-RW DUAL LAYER BURNER

    Seagate Barracuda ST3160815AS ~ SATA ~ 300 (3 Gb/s) SATA ~ 2 / SATA ~ II Hard Drive


    The operating system I'm trying to load is XP Pro. This a clean install, with the hard drive never having had an OS before. The drive will format, reboot, and when it tries to install XP, I get an error message that reads:

    Error:
    SXS.DLL: Syntax error in manifest or policy file "D:\I386\asms\52\MSFT\Windows\NET\DXMRTP\DXMRTP.MAN" on line 5.
    Error:
    Installation failed: D\I386\asms. Error Message: The Data is invalid.
    Fatal Error: One of the components that Windows needs to continue setup could not be installed. The data is invalid.

    I click OK and the system reboots and continues this cycle. I have to 2 different XP cd's and they both give the same error message. I've tried using my Linux and it will freeze up. I've tried using a different RAM stick, a different hard drive, a different optical drive and still I get the same message. Using the original equipment that I intended the computer to have, I disabled all peripherals and still I get that message.
    Does anyone know how to fix this or get around it? I wanted to use XP instead of Vista, but should I use Vista since this motherboard was built to run it?
     
  2. sparksman

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    How old is your XP disc. If it is fairly old then you need to get your hands on a newer version, that already has SP2 on it. It may not be able to recognize your SATA drive. I had the same problem when I built my comp, and my XP disc was too old. I recommend staying with XP, I have heard quite a bit of bad things regarding Vista, but that is just my opinion. Just because your board supports vista doesn't mean you should use it.
     
  3. Kimarra

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    Both of my XP disks have SP2 on them. I've also used them on other systems before and never had a problem. With both disks I'm getting the same exact error messages, so I don't believe the problem to be a scratch or dirty disk.
     

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