The comp is a HP Pavilion 542X and came preloaded with XP Home Edition (which I don't have any more) I tried to boot it from the cd but nothing happened, so then I tried adding another one of my HD's via usb, and boot from that. That started to boot but got an error msg when windows started. It's the blue screen with error that I normally see when I have an error with one of my disks, but this one went so fast I couldn't see what the error was. I tried starting in all the safe modes, normal mode, and last known config, it just gets to the windows screen then flashes the error really quickly, then restarts. Then I tried putting in the HD I wanted to install XP on inside the Hard drive enclosure, popped in the XP CD. This time it let me install XP to a partition, after it copied all the files, it said windows will restart to continue the installation, then restarted. But the installation never continued. I kept getting a boot from CD msg. If I didn't click it, it would just stay there doing nothing, and I'd have to restart the comp by pressing the power button. If I choose to boot from CD, it shows that XP is already installed on a partition. If I press F3 to quit installation but it says windows XP is not installed. I think a few times it got to the point where it loaded everything, then said loading windows, then I get this error msg saying if I made any hardware/software changes, and it tells me to run CHKDSK /F with this error:
0X0000007B (0XF99A3640,0XC0000034,0X00000000,0X0000000), then I have to power off the comp. I put the HD back into the comp and tried booting from that, only the same blinking underscore.
I'm not understanding why it reads the HD in the setup, but won't let me install XP with the HD inside. I also don't see why I can't boot from a removable device or why it keeps restarting when the windows logo pops up.
I thought that If I could get it to boot from the removable device, I could then pop in the XP installation CD, and install it onto the HD, but alas, I can't even get to that point
Hope you can help