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I just got a 2.4 ghz p4 a new mother board, 512mb of ddr, and new video card. I tried to be tricky and just use my old OS, but that didnt work. So now I'm trying to just install windows xp(bought new version, since i only had restore disk for my dell) I get through to Windows Setup, but it freezes up while loading. It's not always at the same point either. I'm wondering if it could be my memory is bad?

If I should run a test, how do I do that? I never had to before so never learned how.

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Press F8 to get to the advanced startup screen before xp loads, if you get to xp then install the latest video drivers for your card then reboot normally. i might be a video problem.

*Don't forget to update your bios.
 

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There is currently no OS on the harddrive, its windows setup to install XP. Sorry, shouldve clarified earlier.
 

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Thanks for your help, I know how to install windows, it just keeps freezing while in setup... a friend suggested i try switching the slot the memory was in. So I do. I start the computer ehar 2 beeps and it starts smoking like crazy (the memory).



Im returning the memory and motherboard.
 

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Sorry I did not mean to say you did not know how to install windows, jus thought there might be something there that might help. Anyway, this refers to two beeps, hope it helps.

Your computer has memory problems. First, check video. If video is working, you'll see an error message. If not, you have a parity error in your first 64K of memory. Check your SIMMs. Reseat them and reboot. If this doesn't do it, the memory chips may be bad. You can try switching the first and second banks memory chips. First banks are the memory banks in which your CPU finds its first 64K of base memory. You'll need to consult your manual to see which bank is first. If all of your memory tests good, you probably need to buy another motherboard.
 

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Just to update, I got a new motherboard, put it in and Im up and running (actually posting on it) The motherboard was bad, still have no idea why it burnt the memory, the lady from the place i buy from was saying something about the powersupply, but its fine now... I cant really understand her much, very strong accent.

Thanks all for the help, even though I didnt give half the information i needed to in the post, was kinda irrated =P
 
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