> I posted a note earlier this week about SP3 failing and my being
> unable to read the Blue Screen message because of the speed of the
> Thanks to all for solving the "endless reboot" problem. I can now
> read the blue screen error message that is listed just after my XP
> Pro Logo.
> Here it is courtesy of my Canon SD550 ;
> Any suggestions? I have not tried to upgrade to a later BIOS and I
> do have ACPI enabled.
> MB = ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe
> BIOS = 1103
> OS = XP SP2
"Stop 0x000000A5" Error When You Are Installing Windows XP
I realize you did not *install* Windows XP - but updated it. I don't know
what you updated it from (SP1, SP1a or SP2) - but your mention of "... have
not tried to upgrade to a later BIOS ..." indicates you have done some
research (or at least read the advice given on the blue screen.)
Have you tried following the advice and upgraded to a later BIOS to see if
that remedies your situation?
Also - can it boot in Safe Mode? If so - does it still fail after the
removal of SP3?
Just the slightest amount of research (Googled for ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe and
Windows XP SP3) tells me that there are known issues with your motherboard
that SP3 exasperates. You can work-around this problem (maybe) with a
(Quoted from the above web page):
"The problem appears to be the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard, also with
an AMD processor. Several different AMD processors have been fitted on that
board, however, so it seems more likely to be the board than the processor.
The solution is simplicity itself: insert a USB flash drive, or some other
form of secondary storage mechanism, before booting the computer. The people
have that have seen this problem report that it goes away when they do. The
catch is that the computer will only boot with a secondary drive attached.
If you remove the secondary drive it will no longer boot.
It also appears that this could be related to using a USB mouse. If you have
a USB mouse, try moving it to the PS/2 port instead (the little round port,
you should have received an adapter with your mouse). That seems to resolve
the problem without the use of an external USB flash drive."
Some crazy stuff with a non-responsive hardware manufacturer...
You may be out of luck without resorting to some strange (but possibly
effective and overall non-destructive and inexpensive) work-arounds.