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Changing processor results in windows xp pro failing to install

I'm building up a computer for my friends kids with old hand me downs and i took a AMD duron 1000mhz cpu out of a Abit KT7 motherboard and put it into a Abit KT7A motherboard that had a AMD Athlon 750mhz cpu in it. problem is when i try installing windows xp pro sp3 it fails every time to install with various copy errors when windows performs first task of copying files, but it always fails on copying SHELL32. DLL but if i hit retry every failed copy works but later on in installation windows installation fails!!! ive resorted back to the 750mhz cpu (originally in motherboard) and installation of xp pro installs fine... Any help/tips would be greatful as its baffled me.

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  • eddynoneck Mar 28, 2009

    i upgraded bios but no luck. i even installed windows xp pro using the 750 mhz processor then put in the 1000mhz processor but it kept on crasing the system at various points when in windows so i gave up and put the 750 mhz processor back. i was going to take the bois that was on the older kt7 board (doesnt have raid) and put it in the raid board but i had enough and settled on just running the 750 mhz instead. i sort of think it could be the bios as read somewhere that the duron runs at 2.2 v and ther atherlon at 5v so new bios is geared for atherlons 5v so maybe my 1000mhz duron was getting 5v supply as instucted by updated bios. will always be a mystery because at end of dat the system is so old it not worth all the hassel. lol

  • eddynoneck Mar 28, 2009

    ps sorry for late reply



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Sounds like the 1000mhz processor either overheated at some point and was damaged, or its trying to run on a different bus speed.

Copy errors (random) normally point to bad ram. But being that it works fine with the other CPU, you can only have 2 possible problems :)

A bios upgrade may fix the bus issue, and a hammer will fix the damaged cpu issue. (Ok, so you'll feel better)

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I'd try upgrading the bios with the working cpu and then try again.

Let me know what happens. I like the weird ones like this.


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