I have a desktop with an MS-7312, Version 1.0 motherboard.
I'm trying to do a clean install of XP Prof. I've been into the BIOS, selected "Load Optimized Defaults" and seit the boot priority to CD-ROM first and Hard Disk second.
All goes well except that at the start I am not offered to "Press any key to boot from CD". It goes straight into loading XP. So I let it carry on and format the hard drive etc.
The problem then is that after the initial setup files have been loaded the computer restarts as it should but then repeats the procedure for loading the initial setup files again instead of carrying on loading XP properly.
Hope that makes sense. How can I rectify this please? Cheers.
The only other thing I can think of is that the hard drive or partition is bad.
Can you try another hard drive?
Or, place the present hard drive in another PC & reformat it. Then do a thorough check: right-click the drive > Properties > Tools > Error-checking > Check now, place a tick in both boxes > Start. Also try the free version of HD Tune click here for a 2nd opinion - do an error scan, but without ticking 'Quick Scan'. G