Posted 20 October 2010 - 08:34 AM
Ok, so if you have a XP cd and you want to do a windows repair installation, it is recommended to have the same service pack disc, as the same service pack on the computer. Though what it sounds like is that your computer may have AHCI as a SATA operation mode set. This would be one of many things that could cause a problem when trying to boot from the installation cd. The recovery console is the best way to go, as that is what you will be using once you get into the windows disk. Though you can only install it if you can get into windows. Another disc I would try if you have another computer to download it and burn it, I would try using the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows. It has the recovery console built into the options when you first boot the CD, and is typically not effected but the SATA operation mode.