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By Etoile ·
I am just rebuilding a P4 1.5G machine (Asus P4B mobo) with Windows XP Pro SP2.

All was going well with the installation, but now the systems stalls at the blue WELCOME screen. CTRL/ALT/DEL allows it to continue to load, however, checking the Virtual memory settings under system properties/Advanced/Performance settings/Advanced indicated a paging file size of 0 MB and a System Control Panel Applet pops up advising Windows has created a temporary paging file due to an problem with paging file config...

Selecting CHANGE indicates a custom size initial size equal to the recommended size, but the currently allocated figure won't change from 0 MB. After a reboot, the problem repeats.

I don't recall doing anything to alter the virtual memory settings.

Any suggestions, before I format and start again?!

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by dustyD In reply to Bootup Stalls on Windows ...

Assume you are not installing to a formatted drive.

First, set the pagefile size to 0, or select to use none. Delete pagefile.sys on all drives you have selected to use for it. RE-SET pagefile to use the recommended minimum and maximum. Re-boot.

For NTFS, permissions of the root drive of the directory where pagefile.sys is located must have 'full control' given to 'System'.

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by Etoile In reply to

The pagefile size is defaulting to zero, I search the entire drive for pagefile.sys to delete it (looking for all hidden/system files etc.) but unable to locate. Same errors contnue to occur.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Bootup Stalls on Windows ...

Also, if you have more than one drive, you must click SET before configuring the next drive, otherwise your changes will not hold.

Good luck

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by saihib In reply to Bootup Stalls on Windows ...

Have you tried setting a custom size? Try 2gig min/2gig max to force windows to use a contiguous space on the hard drive.

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by Etoile In reply to

No matter what I enter, after reboot it shows zero.

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by Etoile In reply to Bootup Stalls on Windows ...

I may have narrowed it down. After XP installation, I was installing the Intel Application Accelerator and the Asus Bios Utility program from the MOBO CD. Removing the Intel App Acc seemed to fix the problem.
Do I need to install the various "drivers" and software from the MOBO CD, or does XP cover most of them? There are no devices listed with "?" in the device manager.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Bootup Stalls on Windows ...

Hi again

You should make sure that the BIOS is the latest version available for your motherboard. Although the utilities may not be essential, they will certainly prove helpful. Get your system configured and working properly first, then create a restore point and re-install the utility.

Good luck

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by Etoile In reply to

I had the latest BIOS. I was able to install some of the utilities(useful) but just left out the Intel Application Accelerator. This was the one that kept causing the problem.
I still don't know whether it's needed or not...maybe XP comes with it(?!). Thanks for you responses. Points for last one standing !!!

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