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Windows XP Pro x86 Install Freezing

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So I just put together the rig in my sig. All of the parts are brand new from Newegg except the RAM, HDD and opticals.

Initially I tried installing Windows from a burned ISO image of XP Pro SP2 (legal) with all the mobo defaults and all 4 sticks of RAM in. I booted from CD, deleted all of the partitions, formatted (slow) a new partition, and attempted to install windows. It froze when it rebooted to the HDD to do the install at the "Installing devices" screen. Mouse and little bottom-left scrolling thing froze. had to hard reset to turn it off.

Tried again, repeatedly. It was usually getting to Installing network part after entering the CD key, or even Completing install. But it always freezes up. I tried removing the Dell ram and just having the 2x1GB of Corsair in there. Still the same problem. I even tried messing with the RAM and CPU settings. This mobo comes preset at 9.5x333 for the FSB, resulting in a slight overclock of 3.14GHz. I turned this down to 9x333, same problem. Also the ram timings come preset to 4,4,4,12. I tried changing to 5,5,5,13 or even 6,6,6,13. No dice. I tried turning down the FSB to 9x200, but that caused it to load a black screen when it tried to load to windows install from HD.

Lastly I tried installing with just 1 stick of 1GB corsair. This time when I booted from CD, it would get to the loading windows screen prior to the selections for install, and just stop there. Froze at that point. left it for a few minutes, no change.

Something I find odd is that this mobo doesn't have a way to set the CPU to RAM clock ratio to 1:1. Auto comes set at 1:1.6 so that a 333 external CPU clock puts the RAM at 533. And the only way to change it, is up so the ram is ever higher (2.0 is the next step, then like 3, 3.3, 4). I'm a little confused about if the RAM is being overclocked. The Corsair is DDR533 (PC4200). So is it running at the correct speed, or is the mobo trying to run it at twice the speed it should be? Should it be at 266MHz instead? That would require me to turn down the CPU to 166MHz external. Do I have this backwards? if the ram is DDR533, should the FSB be 1066 to match it correctly?

Anyone have any ideas? I'm running out of hope of installing this damn thing.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core Duo E8400 Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L eVGA geForce 8800GT 512MB 2x2GB G.SKILL DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Maxtor 80GB DVD-RW Windows XP Pro x86 Dell 
PowerCase
Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL L 550W CM690 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core Duo E8400 Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L eVGA geForce 8800GT 512MB 2x2GB G.SKILL DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Maxtor 80GB DVD-RW Windows XP Pro x86 Dell 
PowerCase
Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL L 550W CM690 
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Anyone have any ideas on how to combat this windows freezing issue or what could be causing it? Im going to run Memtest86 when I get home to see if that reports on errors. Otherwise I'm completely clueless.
Sig Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core Duo E8400 Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L eVGA geForce 8800GT 512MB 2x2GB G.SKILL DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Maxtor 80GB DVD-RW Windows XP Pro x86 Dell 
PowerCase
Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL L 550W CM690 
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Sig Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core Duo E8400 Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L eVGA geForce 8800GT 512MB 2x2GB G.SKILL DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Maxtor 80GB DVD-RW Windows XP Pro x86 Dell 
PowerCase
Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL L 550W CM690 
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