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I have an Lenovo T60 laptop. I have been running XP pro on it ever since I got it from my office. A few weeks ago I decided to install Fedora on it. After a few days of tinkering around with Linux I decided to go back to Windows XP. I put the Windows cd in a booted off of it. The CD spins up and asks me to hit any key to boot off of the CD then displays Inspecting the current hardware config. After the message is displayed for 3 seconds the CD spins down and the screen remains black and nothing else happens other than the fans and hard drive still spinning.
Thinking it has something to do with the SATA hard drive, I install it on my Desktop to run a check disk; the disk is fine. I do a full format of the hard drive and try the install again; same problem, won't go past "Inspecting Hardware".
The next time I tried removing the hard drive and resetting the bios to factor defaults. With the hard drive removed the setup started up, but failed after the F8 screen because it couldn't find a hard drive for obvious reasons.
I am thinking this is not a hardware issue since I had no problem installing XP on this laptop before and the internal hard drive is working fine. Fedora was working perfectly till I decided to format the hard drive and would still boot to it of I would not press any key and skip the "boot from CD prompt"
Things I have tried:
Different Windows CD's
Formatting the hard drive on my desktop
Reset the BIOS
Change the SATA operation setting to compatible.
Changing the boot priority and removing the IBM LAN boot option and other virtual devices from being on top of the priority.
linux does some funny things with it's different boot loaders to hard drives
it's best to start clean and try deleting all partitions, some won't delete from within windows, using a disk wipe or zap of the boot sectors and partition tables in the only sure fire way to remove them.