|<<Neither xp or memtest disks boot, you could try knoppix, if nothing boots.>>|
But there is nothing wrong with the XP CD. Surely the boot failure indicates something to do with the hardware (and as I say, I believe it is unlikely to be the CD drive).
<<Does you system boot from usb?>>
No such option in the bios.
<< 'no bootable partition on the drive' that sounds like, it is not booting from cd.>>
But it *did* recognise both the CD and the HDD as far as to wipe the HDD. It just didn't install the windows files. And I put a different original windows xp disk in and it threw up the same message.
By drive, does it mean HDD or CD?
Incidentally, do you think maybe I haven't burnt the Memtest to CD properly? I did it on my Vista system but through the application imgburn (I burnt the .iso file onto it). I didn't see any option to make the files Windows-compatible; I just assumed they would be.