XP Pro Boot CD Crashes After Partial Boot

Dell / Dimension 4600i...
January 8, 2011 at 12:26:10
Specs: Windows XP, 3.391 GHz / 1022 MB
This has happened just recently. I've booted from this CD in the past to reinstall my OS. This time I boot from the CD after going through the boot up scripts (loading UI components and such) the last boot up item is "Starting Windows". Anyone who has booted from an xp or 2000 cd is familiar with this process, it takes just a minute or two and then the standard options show up: create a new OS, restore a new OS, and quit (are roughly the options on the main page). Well, instead of options it crashes. The first time it crashed before showing the main options screen it simply stayed blue, the same background color with two "=" equal signs in disarray on the top left of the screen. Clearly something went wrong. I tried to boot again, same result. The third or so time, it simply "bluescreened" that is, actually crashed with the white text prompting me to check my hardware. It continues to bluescreen crash when I try again.

What could be wrong? It boots up to "Setup is Starting Windows" and then crashes. Memory, processor, mobo, DVD drive, P/S are all fine. I can boot to my HDD OS no problem. I imaged and copied the CD data and got the same result with a new CD copy. Should I get a brand new CD?

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January 8, 2011 at 13:05:40
Test hardware with a floppy or cd diag disk.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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