Posted 22 September 2011 - 10:32 AM
I am trying to re-format my hard drive with my original HP XP Home SP2 cd. It loads the files and then it shows" windows is starting". Then it goes back to the boot
automatically and starts the install again. I have tested the hd with a re-generator and checked the 1GB ram, motherboard. All shows good.
my OE cd is sp2 that I am using...it is a 160g Western Digital pata drive. The bios is set to boot from cd first and hdd second. I also swapped out the optical drive
to eliminate that possibility. I made a copy of the OS cd and tried that as well.
Be advised that I checked the hd integrity with a hard disk re-generator program and it tested ok. I also used mem test 86 and ran it for 30 min with no errors.
On this last try, I get this error: "error loading operating system" "press any key to reboot cd." but now it won't even boot my cd software. Now it finally is
back to the reboot cycle again. Also, I did a Dariks boot and nuke to get a clean partition.
I attached a usb drive adapter to the removed hd and plugged it into an old laptop. I d/l the WD h/d diagnostics file to my flash drive and ran the tests from
there...the drive test was successful...I would appreciate any suggestions.