|lowhanginghoney: In my experience-nothing that I have seen except maybe a botched installation of XP, where rebooting even without the CD in might cause such a message. Theoretically, I suppose it could be caused by a boot sector virus. However, we are wasting the OP's time-the OP was booting from the XP CD.|
OP: If you do a google search, there are many hits for the problem you are decsribing. One thing you could try is running a test of the RAM if you are able to download a program like memtest on another computer and burn it to a CD. If you put the XP CD in another computer, do you still get the same message ? That would, of course, indicate a problem with the CD itself.