Hi I recently decided to give my old desktop pc a new leash of life by buying a new-ish IDE HDD (40Gb), the computer was mothballed because of failure of original HDD. Anyhow, I still have my original XP Pro(sp3) disk so I hook everything up with replacement HDD start the install then everything is fine until it gets to asking me to press F8 to accept license agreement, does saving configuartion, starting Windows XP.....then, your computer is rebooting - which it does but the it starts off the installation process again from scratch? Its just a vicious loop and it don't make a difference when I change the boot sequence.
I've tried 3rd party DOS software and burnt iso files to disk, one program identified errors on the drive with no option to fix them but I did manage to erase the HDD completely it took 6 hours but made no difference. Do you think I should just dump the recycled HDD or is there a way or making it function properly? Also, at startup the S.M.A.R.T utility says the HDD is fine.
I hope you can give me some advice/help, thank you.
The machine is an old AMD Sempron 1200, with 512 MB
Michael - Liverpool, England