Bad PSU?

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    Bob Dole for '08 B0bDole's Avatar
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    Bad PSU?

    Would a PSU cause windows XP installation to stall while "transfering files" part before the GUI install part.

    And then sometimes it gets past that and just bluescreens.

    Or would it be a safe bet to say its not the psu and prob the mobo/cpu/ram?
    Hmm

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    i wouldn't have thought the psu would be to blame unless you have noticed outages of power - maybe the monitor or a disk powering down then coming back up again.

    First check the CD-ROm is clean and free of scratches, clean your cd-rom drive (maybe a dirty read laser).

    (Nothing insinuated by next remark) if it's not an original cd - ie downloaded or copied ISO, check the md5 to make sure it's a good backup.

    Possibly a bad hard disk, its writing to.

    Does it always stall in the same place, what error messages, blue screen error messages are generated?
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    the bluescreen is a Stop error.

    Diagnostic tests say HD is fine.

    I'm buying a new mobo/cpu/ram today and I just hope it wasn't simply a bad psu.

    Could a PSU cause Stop errors?
    Hmm

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    depends on what type of Stop Error, see if it's listed here

    http://www.theeldergeek.com/stop_error_messages.htm
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    thanks for that, I'll let you know in about an hour... Got a buddy coming over with a new mobo/cpu/ram that I'm going to buy from him.
    Hmm

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    good luck, let us know how you get on
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    Ok, HD is making a loud clicking sound when BIOS tries to recognize it...not good.

    Swapped HD and found an Old psu...

    windows is loading up.


    i love how when one thing goes wrong it always takes something with it.
    Hmm

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    You could have had a bad psu which fried your hdd. Other than that, if you ever are unsure about a psu, go into the bios and under the monitoring section watch the voltages, if they're low or fluctuate a lot then the psu is bad and could cause processor faults.
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