|Do you get that same error when booting from the hard drive--without the cd in? I'm thinking even though you're getting the boot from cd/boot from hard drive option it's trying to boot from the hard drive regardless of which option you choose.|
The xp cd or dvd/cd drive may be failing so that although it's seeing a bootable cd in the drive it's not booting from it. Make sure the disk is clean and in good shape and maybe use a cleaning disk in the drive.
Do you have a second optical drive connected externally? In this thread the user was having that problem and needed to change the boot order to the other optical drive:
I'm also wondering about the ram. You're planning on installing xp on a laptop with 16 gig of ram? Is that a 64-bit XP version? Otherwise you're going to have problems--assuming you manage to get it installed.
Also about the ram, I've never heard of that preventing the 32 bit version cd from booting but I guess it wouldn't hurt to remove some ram and see if that makes any difference.
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