So I formatted the harddrive and the install program crashes at the "install devices" screen during the setup procedure. I've unplugged everything but the keyboard, mouse and monitor. I wouldn't think the headphones being plugged in would have made it crash?
Trying a second shot takes 2 hrs to format 500 Gs!'
I saw that my disk is not a retail version either but a liscenced copy for distribution with a new PC copy "OEM" BS. I have contacted the seller already.
Is it possible the quad core processor and an extreme SLI motherboard is too powerful for XP sp3?