Problem reinstalling XP after hung screen crash

  v1c 19:35 27 Mar 2007

Hi to you all.
My friends pc crashed last week while his daughter was on the Internet, msn messenger.
After restarting he got nothing, after he had finished trying to repair xp he tried reinstalling the os, nothing.
Then I got it, the installation goes through the first stage, copying files to the windows folder, then the f8 screen appears to agree the terms, then it chooses the correct partition, reformats it, then it restarts and goes through the same procedure. Over and over again.
It's a never ending cycle.
Has anyone got any ides that may help me?
The os is xp service pack 1, the pc isn't upgraded to service pack 2 I tried it for him ages ago and it can't cope, not enough ram or chip power.

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