cannot install Win XP on my HP Pavilion ze4500

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March 23, 2012 at 15:16:43
Specs: Windows XP, Intel / RAM 1GB
I had a virus in my HD in this HP Pavilion ze4500 lap top so I had to change the HD one that is formatted NTFS. When I put the Win XP Pro CD in the CD drive I can see the light go on and flicker. the screen goes to the HP logo from there I can enter the BIOS setup utility and have in the boot section established the CD-ROM as the first boot option followed by Removable Devises (USB), then the Hard Drive and last Built in LAN.
The Win XP CD is still in the CD Drive.
I exit and continue the boot process after the HP logo screen it immediately cuts to a line saying:
"Initializing MBA. Press Ctrl-Alt-B to configure."
If I do that I can enter the Argon PXE Boot agent v2.01 (BIOS integrated), nothing to change there. save and restarts proceeding to the following paragraphs that read:

"Argon PXE Boot Agent v2.01 (BIOS Integrated"
3 lines of copyright and legal stuff.

The next paragraph:
"Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE)"
Copyright etc.

After a couple of seconds a line
"PXE-E61 : Media test failure, check cable"

Then the screen shows a line that reads:
"Operating System not found"

How can I make it read the installation CD.
Does that mean that the CD ROM is damaged? and does not read. I can see the light flickering and can feel it starting to spin, but it cuts off and all dies with the line "Operating System not found" staring at me.
Is there another way to install Win XP on the hard disk?
All help and suggestions are welcomed.

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March 23, 2012 at 15:56:20
OK. When you boot up and the HP splashscreen comes up, hit ESC button and you should see the boot screens that are normally hidden.
For some reason the CD is not being recognized as a boot option and the boot sequence is going down the line until it reaches the PXE ( Network boot) and after not finding anything bootable reports the message you have listed.
there are a few possibilities. 1. The CD drive is not recognized in bios. Q? Was the CD drive working properly before you had the virus problem and replaced the harddrive? Q?2. Why would you replace the drive rather than just format/factory restore the system?
2. The CD Drive is recognized in BIOS but is not reading the CD. Dirty lens or dirty disk or other mechanical problem.
3. The bios changes you made to boot order were not saved correctly before you rebooted. Does the splashscreen cover up the "press any key to boot CD" message and hence having not had the desired response, proceeds to the other options in the boot order.

It isn't easy to direct the recovery effort without hands-on but you need to determine whether there is a hardware or software issue involved.

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March 23, 2012 at 16:07:49
If you are using an HP recovery CD then the procedure is probably different than simply booting to the CD. You may need to execute some keystrokes at start up. Consult the manual.

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March 23, 2012 at 18:19:46
"PXE-E61 : Media test failure, check cable"

It's attempting to boot off a network drive. Since there is no network drive, it's telling you to check the cable. It means that either the boot settings are wrong or the hard drive is bad.

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March 23, 2012 at 20:10:27
Thank you very much for your help and assistance

When I hit ESC on the splash screen it shows me the boot order and that is: First CD-ROM, 2nd.Removable devices, 3rd Hard Disk, 4th Built in LAN. I checked the BIOS by pressing F2 on the splash screen and the CD-ROM is listed there. The CD drive was working properly before the virus. The HD that got attacked just would not boot up, tried to format and restore but would not do anything at all. I did run the Hard Disk self test from the Tools section in the bios setup Utility and it just came back as "No IDE device." That is why I changed the HD. I'll get a CD drive cleaner disk tomorrow and will do the cleanning of the CD.
I'll keep you informed of what happens then.

To All:
I do appreciate all the valuable information, help and suggestions.

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March 24, 2012 at 07:14:42
What type of WinXP CD are you using? Full version or restore version?

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March 24, 2012 at 12:38:23
Following up.
I did clean the CD Drive with a Kensigton Drive Guardian. Cleaned the The (to:OtheHill)Win XP Pro CD disk Full version original. booted the laptop and the prompt: "Press any key to start from the CD," as soon as did kit the enter key the message that it was examining the computer configutation came on an it was followed by the Windows Setup screen where it was loading files and setting windows. But that is as far as it went. The laptop just turned off by itself. I had the AC power connected to it so there was no loss of power.
Tried again several times and got the same results. I am at a loss.
When it started from the CD I though the whole thing was solved but know I do not know.
Again, thanks for your help and assistance.

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March 24, 2012 at 15:28:57
Have you entered the BIOS screens to see if the hard drive is being configured? Sounds like your HD is defective.

When the installation first starts data is loaded into memory. If there is no place to write it to then it will fail.

You laptop appears to be too old to have a SATA hard drive so that shouldn't be an issue.

Your copy of WinXP pro isn't a 64 bit version Is it? Post all the information off the label.

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March 26, 2012 at 07:20:06
I did run diagnostics for this new HD and it pass them all. The copy of Win XP is a 32 bit.
Well, finally success!!! It took about 30-35 tries to start from the Win XP Pro CD but it finally did and installed Win XP Pro on my laptop. I also could go to Windows Update automatically and update the system.
Thanks to all for you help and assistance.

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