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Cannot install windows xp

I have an Asus p4b motherboard with 1.5 gb of ram. Every time I try to install windows xp pro it runs through the setup, but when it tries to to initialize windows I get an error message "session3 initialization error".
It says it does not want to damage my hardware. Is this a bios problem?
I tried to find a bios update but I can't seem to find the correct version of my chipset and bios info. It is supposed to be an Intel 82845 chipset.
Before this I ran fdisk incorrectly and i need to properly partition and format my c: drive and d: drive (i have two hdd). I have an iso of xp pro with sp2 that is bootable but I can't get it to initialize. Help please!!!!

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  • averagejoe10 Nov 07, 2007

    I have no usb devices hooked up and the memory is brand new. The video card is brand new. It is an ati radeon 9250 with 256 mb ddr ram. Do I need to press F6 and install the drivers for the video card before it tries to initialize windows.

  • averagejoe10 Nov 08, 2007

    I went into the bios setup and disabled the ultra dma option for my e: drive because it did not support it. After that it booted up.

  • Anonymous May 19, 2008

    when i install windows xp i get the message saying session3 initiasation failed and show alot of zeros.




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Hi There,
I had a simlar problen caused by a bad stick of ram memory.
Was able to remove the bad stick of memory(from DDR1) and insert the good stick(from "DDR2") into slot "DDR1".
If you can boot into bios, Enable the "POST" test Display and Disable the "quick boot". Now when you reboot you can see the results of the "POST" test. If there is bad memory you will see the "memory test failed".
The above may take 5 seconds longer to boot your system but you can see what is happening.
Good Luck,
Al Whitmire

Posted on Dec 03, 2007

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Sounds like a bad usb device or memory. try eliminating unnecessary things.

Posted on Nov 07, 2007


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