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I've had 2 boards in the last week, and have the same issues with both in that Windows XP Pro hangs on install at EXACTLY the same point every time!!
The boards are:
ABit IC7-G
Asus P4C800 Deluxe

My current setup:

480W Thermaltake PSU
ASUS P4C800 Deluxe (BIOS 81010)
512MB Geil TWIN PC3500 – 2X256MB
Seagate Barracuda 160GB SATA HDD (connected to SATA1)
P4 2.8GHz (800FSB)
Radeon 9800 128MB
Sony DVD-R/RW (IDE2)
Audigy 2

My problem is that I can’t install Windows XP. Regardless of what I do (detailed below), I have the same issue where the XP installation ‘hangs’ right after the part where is says:


This is the part just after where it loads the SATA drivers from floppy (where I press ‘F6’)
I have the latest Promise XP SATA RAID drivers.

What I have tried to resolve this issue:

Got latest Mobo BIOS
Got latest SATA drivers from Intel Site
Upped the DRAM voltage to 2.65, 2.7, 2.8
Tried with one stick of RAM
Tried with different stick of RAM (Corsair PC2700)
Tried switching sticks of RAM (bays 1&3/2&4 etc)
Lowered CAS Latency to 2-6-3-3 etc.
Tried with different copy of XP
Tried with different CDROM drive
Tried combinations of all hardware

In the BIOS for P4C800 I have made sure that I have IDE set instead of RAID, and set the boot priority to CDROM, HDD, Floppy.

Nothing I do changes the result, and I am VERY VERY confused!
As the problem is EXACTLY the same, I doubt it's anything to do with:

Motherboard, RAM, DVD/CDROM.

Although the SATA HDD is recognised every time in BIOS, could it be that it is faulty?
Could the CPU be faulty?

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