Originally Posted by setishock
Hmm... Interesting problem you have.
Boot in to the bios and default it. Then make the optical drive the primary boot device and the hard drive the second. Some times it's that simple.
How much ram do you have on that board? Windows makes use of a ram disk to install the OS. If not enough or a bad memory card, it may crash. I've had some XP installs in the past crash due to a bad memory card.
Why are you putting XP on there?
Mind you sir, for my setup I'm using an asus p7h55m-pro
And 4 gb of ram, both were brand new so I guess it's safe to assume they are in working condition. Believe it or not my DVDrom is setup as master, and hard drive secondary.
Here's a list of things I've already tried
- resetting CMOS (removed jumper and battery)
-tested 2 other hard drives
-switched cd rom and setup disk
-tweaked with several bios settings (memory timings, Sata controls)
I'm all out of ideas here, seems like my only resort is to return this motherboard