Computer won't boot to XP Installation CD

January 7, 2010 at 16:04:34
Specs: Windows XP
I need help desperatly!! I tried to reformat y hard drive. I tried to boot the windows xp disk and reformat my hard drive. It just won't boot!!!! It cycles through the compaq screen where you can choose f1 f5 and f10 and then it goes to a screen that asks me to choose windows xp or recovery console. I have tried both. to no availe. then i tried going to the bios screen and selecting 1st boot cdrom and 2nd boot cdrom. i dont know what to do anymore.. please someone anyone help.

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January 8, 2010 at 05:00:57
Possible that the harddrive is not running at its normal speed,
freezing up or slowing down. Or has quit.
My computer took 20 min. to boot the other day.
I was watching the HDD activity indicator light,
and it would remain on, and not rapidly blinking.
Mechanical devices do have problems.

Harddrive manufacturers have software for download for testing HDD.

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