So I wanted to do a fresh install of Windows XP on my system as my system was getting clutered. When I went to install Windows, it always shuts itself down randomly during the format. If I do a Quick Format, it'll usually crash eitehr during format or when it starts to copy files over.
At first I thought it was my hard drive. I have two in the comp and one of them seemed to have died a while back. But I tried using another computer to do the install and it works fine. When I try to boot into Windows on the original comp, I'd get a BSoD when it tried to boot but only on the original comp.
So I thought it was some weird hardware problem. I removed all but the CPU, Memory, HDD and Video Card. Same thing. I have two memory sticks in the computer and another one laying around so I tried using just one stick at a time. I also used a different Video Card.
After all of this I figured it was jsut the Motherboard. It's an Asus a7n8x. I put the new one in and it gave me a CPU speed error on bootup. Then I loaded the default BIOS settings (which by the way, it shut down a few times while in the BIOS). It said I had an AMD 1400+ in there when I really have a 3000+.
After the BIOS was fixed, it got past the errors but the same problem came up when I tried to load Windows. On any of the 3 hard drives I tried that had Windows on them, it gave me a BSoD. When I tried to install it, it would shut down during the format or install.
Then I got a new processor. Same thing. It even still says it's a AMD 1400+. I've tried a different Power Supply. I believe I've tried everything.
I've used a combination of the following parts
3 Sticks of Memory
2 Power Supplies
3 Hard Drives
2 Video Cards
All producing the same results.
Is there anything I'm not thinking of? I don't know my way around the BIOS enough to know if there is something wrong there that causes it to load as a 1400+ so that might be a part of it, but what little I do know and was comfortable enough to change had no effect.
Edit: I also used different IDE cables in case you are wondering.