When you install windows XP from CD, you boot from it only the first time. In other words, after the first restart you don't press a key to boot from it.
Now, the fact that it gives you that error after the first restart shows that it is a problem with the hard drive (or the chain related with it).
So, you should download and run some tests for your HDD model / manufacturer. It seems that you are trying to perform a clean install, so writing on the hard drive shouldn't be a data loss problem. In this case, run the most comprehensive HDD test.
In paranthesis, is this the same PC with the bad motherboard ? Was it replaced and you're trying the clean install for the first time ? If this is the case, maybe you should run the HDD test on another (good) PC because at least you can split the components in order to find the defective component.
Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,
T. S. Eliot
I know that this has been posted before, but I'm unable to locate it.
While installing XP, I can get as far as copying the files to the Windows folder. Then the screen that says "Your computer will reboot in 15 seconds". After the reboot, I get the option "press any key to boot from cd"
If I press Enter, the cd boots, but instead of continuing the installation, it starts from the beginning. If I don't press a key, I get " disk read error, press ctl/alt/delete to restart".
Does anyone know of a workaround for this?
All advice is appreciated.