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New build
ASUS M2N - E
AMD AM2 64 bit, x2, 4600+
Generic ram, 667 mhz, 1024 MB x 2 sticks
60 GB Hitachi HDD, IDE
Antec 500W Smart Power
XFX GeForce 7600 GS
IDE DVD burner, sony
IDE FDD, sony
OS: Windows XP Pro, SP2; shrink wrapped.

In addition to the XP CD, I received a "Windows XP OEM Pre - installation kit CD". I don't want to create a configuration set or make any modifications to the OS [ customize the interface ].

BSOD during initial Windows setup, before boot into Windows; after I had set the date / time, but I can't tell you if the BSOD appeared immediately or 15 minutes later.
Stop: 0x000000F4 [ 0x00000003, 0x89971130, 0x899712a4, 0x805D1142 ]

I removed 1 of the sticks of ram, which cleared the BSOD issue.

The computer will NOT boot into Windows, EXCEPT in safe mode.
System Config, I disabled all services. No luck.

I replaced the Hitachi HDD with a WD 80 GB HDD. Installed Windows. Same problem.

I put in 2 new sticks of ram. Same problem.

I switched to an Antec True Power 500W power supply. Same problem.

I am running MemTest86 on the most recent 2 sticks of 1024 MB, 667 mhz ram.

I built a system, 3 days ago with
ASUS M2N - E
AMD AM2 64 bit, x2, 4600+
Generic ram, 667 mhz, 1024 MB x 2 sticks
80 GB WD HDD, SATA
Antec 500W Smart Power
XFX GeForce 7600 GS
IDE DVD burners, 2 each, NEC
IDE FDD, sony
Installed Vista Ultimate in less than 30 minutes, no problems.
Thus, I don't think I have a compatibility issue with my components.

I searched the internet & found suggestions that the problem is bad ram; bad HDD; bad power supply.

My Plan:
If MemTest86 finds no problems; 1. reset bios to defaults, 2. swap out the motherboard, 3. swap out the CPU. 4. Install Vista as a test.

I hope you can provide me with additional insight.

Thanks for your suggestions.

Sincerely,
RF123
 

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In addition to what you stated bad cd or cd drive needs to be added to list. Make sure cd is clean and free of scratches, and drive can be culprit also. drive can work perfectly on every other function and croak with XP install. Maybe also run recovery console "R" and fixboot, fixmbr to be certain mbr is there and in right place.
Just reread this could be video card bad or no driver....instead of choosing safe mode, choose vga mode and see if you can go up into Windows.
 
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