Just ran in absolutely the same issue. I have IBM Thinkpad T43p.
I have a bootable Win XP CD (not scratched), which I have always used. This time it will boot from it and display for a second "System being configured" and then the monitor turns black, CD spinning for about 30 sec and then all silent. Only MB, CPU and FAN working. I know that as it gets hotter as if the CPU is at full power.
I tried the CD in another laptop. Booted fine , no issues. Here comes the interesting part. I downloaded 3 other Win XP bootable CDs and burned them. All of them worked fine on the other machine but all the same issue with my IBM laptop. I decided to give it a shot with a Win 2K boot cd. Guess what - it worked ! Booted fine , installed . All good. Then I was able to upgrade to XP !
Of course it was not so easy, for some reason the first upgrade failed right after the first reboot ( Win Xp cd installs initial files while in Win 2k and reboots ) - it said CD not recognized , please insert CD XXX .( I have not changed the CD) Tried second time. Same problem. With the second Win Xp version it worked fine, so I am installing drivers now.
I am IT pro and this is really weird. I can only contribute it to my MB going bad. I had it exchanged once and I know this particular model are prone to twists that screwed the MB.
If anybody else has better explanation or fix. Let me know, for now I am using good old Win 2 K
P.S. One more piece of information - i have second partition and Linux installed on the machine. I do not think it should cause issues as there is nothing in the MBR. I use(d) the boot.ini file for dual boot
Edited by vicktor_1, 17 February 2008 - 01:51 AM.