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could I be having a bios problem?

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Windows can be very picky about installed RAM.

Even RAM that passes POST can cause errors where Windows will not load or install.

Reseat all the RAM, and while your at it, make sure that at least pairs of RAM modules match. If in doubt, replace some or all RAM.

You did not state the system or version of XP. There is a known issue with some Intel CPUs and Windows XP service Pack 2. Check out this link for more details.

The last time I ran into this, I ended up installing XP Gold, then SP1 and went straight to SP3.

Please post specific details of the won't install and the system if you need further assistance.