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Having trouble with a Phenom I(Agena)

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Hi all,
Just after some other tech people opinion on this new pc friend bought.
I don't know much about phenom I.
Been trying to install windows xp home on it for about 2 weeks. Never had so much trouble installing a OS on a computer.
It was running with a MSI mainboard nvidia chipset and 2gb of kingston ddr2.
Been getting copy errors during xp instaltation. Got xp installed once with 2 sticks of ddr2 1gb in dual channel patched xp up to sp3. then put the 2gb single stick back in and got lasss.exe error and it would just reset.
I've ran tests on ram and hdd and it checks out fine.
I'm thinking its the CPU or mainboard. thoughts? Do phenom 1 control the memory or mainboard? I know nothing about phenom 1 my cpu is a phenom 2 lol.
bios screen held on too when computer turned on.
Edited by auriya - 3/8/11 at 10:27pm
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The Phenom I has a very similar architecture as Phenom II, just that it's slower and hotter as it's built on 65nm. It has decent speed and the instability you're having is very unlikely to be linked to the CPU. The motherboard is what I think it's broken, unless the RAM is.

You could try this, the risk is very small: your CPU should be supported by the AM2+ board w/ DDR2 - put it on and see if it works; if it doesn't work it's clearly the motherboard that has issues.

As a side note, I'd avoid Nvidia AMD boards and even more so MSI AMD boards. You have the atomic combo. Some trivia: AMD processors since the Athlon 64 (2003) have the memory controller on the CPU.
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