Well, that means you've got a Win98 disk not XP. Win98 can't handle big RAM so won't boot. I have Win98 CDs also, they won't work unless RAM is what -- less than 500 MB? I forget the limit. Or, you've got one of those claimed 'reinstallation CD' disks which is expecting to be inserted into a Win98 system, and since it doesn't find one, won't boot.
I just finished installing XP bare metal on two i5 laptops in June, and it was pretty straightforward. The BIOS has to be changed to ATA. Else it won't boot. After you install through SP2 and then do the SP3 disk MSFT provides (free from their site) separately, you can change BIOS. For the Intel HD I needed to install .Net Framework 3.5 but no more updates.
Edited by brainout, 18 November 2015 - 01:54 PM.
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