click here to read about my bigger problem, which I've almost quashed by formatting and reinstalling.
However, whenever I go to Start --> Shut Down --> Restart, the computer restarts but I get back to the ol' not getting past the WinXP Pro loading animation. If I hit the reset button on the PC at that point, it boots fine again.
I have noticed that when I remove my ATI Catalyst Drivers, the 'puter boots fine everytime. Now, I've tried the 3.7's, and the 3.9's (including the latest revision) but I get the same result.
Have you been onto M$ Updates site and d/l'ed the SATA driver/ATI card driver?
I have a similar cfg to you(2 x 120Gb SATA)and found that to get XP living happily on a SATA hdd,install it to a small partition (10Gb's-ish)I used to get a blackscreen after reboots,when it was installed to 120Gb.I had finally got it to run faultlessly(the OS)for several weeks(instead of 1-3 days)visited M$ updates,noticed three newer drivers for my hardware,d/l'ed them and XP crashed within a few hours.As I had become suspicious of M$ updated drivers,I only installed the graphics card driver(thinking its the same driver I d/l'ed recently,but M$ certified)and my system went belly up again.,reset took me to blackscreen,Repair couldn't as it stated hdd filesystem was corrupted,format failed to complete and threw up error about hdd is damaged/corrupted.I used PM and then Maxblast to reformat the SATA hdd again,reinstalled XP(just now)as earlier install(this morning)crashed again.To get over XP's refusal to complete a format on the damaged install,I used Maxblast to create a partition,then XP install cd to format/create the partition to which I installed OS again.This posting is with only the bare minimum loaded(apps,etc)to get me online,I have just d/l'ed the Critical Updates and am gonna reboot after this post,so if I dont arrive back soon its cos I am doing the install over again. :-)
ps.I never did find howto access My doc & settings via dos either. :-)