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Installation failure thanks for your help and suggestions after change and do some Attempts for the cable for Ide and the mode of DMA in the bios, the installation for windows XP pack2 continued To the final phase but at 15mn of the end of the installation the bleu screen with the message of errors appears for answers of your questions: 1) I try to install the whole system of windows XP pack2 ( it run correctly in others PC ) 2) Effectively I see something like 0x000000?? (0x00000......) but I don't take all details for this error code. my windows xp sp2 copy is a good copy. the same problem with others systems operating ( Windows Me and Windows 98 ) I can't install it in the PC differents messages of errors appears. for windows98 the installation is total but the drivers for periphericals can't to install and the message halted protection windows appear and no attempt can resolve the problem. I think probably if the CPU run correctly. Greetings

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