1. Some USB device is plugged in.
2. The drive is on a SATA interface (XP alone can't handle this.)
It's a good sign the other OS's boot.
Another thing is to make sure you use the factory made XP CD and not some CDR copy. I can't count how many times this happened.
I have an assembled PC with
AMD Athlon 64 3000 + (939-pin) boxed processor
MSI RS482M2-IL motherboard
RAM: Trancend 512 MB DDR400 -single stick.
Updated to latest bois version: v3.90.
I have been using this PC without any problem for 6 months. I wanted to reinstall my Windows XP on my PC and tried to booting up with a bootable Windows XP_SP2 Prof CD(first boot is CD ROM). But to my surprise, the setup process in not taking place. I am getting a grey blank screen(instead of windows setup screen) after this message "Setup is inspecting your Computer's Hardware configuration".
This is the case only with the Windows XP bootable CD. I have tried to boot with different WinXP CDs, but of no use. However, I am able to boot with Win 98, Win 2000 and even with Win 2003 via boot CDs.
I am suspecting whether there is any problem with the motherboard, as I was able to install Windows XP Pro before on the same PC.