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    Unhappy Computer Building Problem

    Ok, I've got this problem. Recently I adviced my friend on what computer to build for himself. And now I've got the problem of him not getting it to work properly. The hardware is all assembled and everything. It turns on, off, etc..
    But the problem is that I can't get windows to work. It either says that some files are missing or it gives me these weird errors during setup... its really driving me nuts I've tried different cd drives. Tried different XP SP2 disks.

    Oh yeh, my friend says he got the ram for $45 a stick. I told him that its too cheap to be real, but it looks real. I dunno... maybe this could be the root of the problem

    The Specs:
    GIGABYTE GA-K8NXP-SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
    AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor
    SAPPHIRE Radeon X800PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI-Express x16 Video Card
    2x Samsung 512MB DDR 400 (PC 3200)
    Western Digital 250gb SATA
    THERMALTAKE Silent PurePower TT-420AD(DUAL FAN) 420W Power Supply
    Some RW drive
    DVD-Drive
    Floppy
    CREATIVE Sound Blaster Value

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    maybe his hard drive is defective?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EsKALad
    maybe his hard drive is defective?
    I don't think so. I don't get any write errors I think, just read erros from the CDs.
    Then I also got this "PFN_LIST_CORRUPT" BSOD

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    Ram

    Its almost guaranteed to be the RAM, the installation of Windows XP is a great way of showing up defective gear...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianCase
    Its almost guaranteed to be the RAM, the installation of Windows XP is a great way of showing up defective gear...
    Ah, great

    I was suspicious when he said he saved like $50 on ram.

    Whats a good ram checker that fits on a floppy?

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    I've found installing Windows XP to be one of the best RAM checkers because if it can't pull of installing it with that RAM, then its damn well not going to run any good Swap the RAM for some other stuff and see if Windows installs fine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianCase
    I've found installing Windows XP to be one of the best RAM checkers because if it can't pull of installing it with that RAM, then its damn well not going to run any good Swap the RAM for some other stuff and see if Windows installs fine...
    DDR 400 is rare to come by in my house. My development machine uses PC2700 RAM.

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    Oh yeh, to get setup to recognize the HD, I d/led the "driver_raid_silicon_3114r5.exe" from the gigabyte website. It detected the HD

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    Use the 2700 from your other machine, it will still go (the machine doesn't *require* ddr400) and be a valid test of the faulty RAM theory

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianCase
    Use the 2700 from your other machine, it will still go (the machine doesn't *require* ddr400) and be a valid test of the faulty RAM theory
    Yeh, but that means downtime for me

    I'll find a memtester that is standalone hopefully soon.

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