|thanks Chuck 2|
the xp home cd is a full version of windows xp home I bought from comp usa, it was in its original sealed packags with a valid license,
I have also tried the recovery cds which I bought from HP and followed the steps the letter, They are also looping,
I have disconnected and or removed all unecessary hardware,
I have tested my memory moduels ( 2x256 mb ddr 2) in a different machine and they are functioning,
The system has an AMD 64 processor and I read where there was a bug in XP concerning AMD , I modified the appropriate files but still I get the loop.
I have gotten a variety of error codes also , including .
currupt or missing boot.ini, which I rebuilt,
missing set up text file.
blue screen with stop error , disable disk cache or shadowing.
on the old drive , I rebuilt the boot partition, fix mbr, and checkdsk /X . I have been doing alot of reading and have tried every thing suggested by forum post , and even the HP techs themselves. still no resolve.
I also updated the bios with the correct version which i downloaded from the HP web site. Still I get the looping installation
this is when I decided to try the recovery disk, and they did the same, infinate loop.
so now I have taken the old drive and installed it in another compag as a slave and could access all files,
I ran chkdsk /x again and started seeing :
bad links found in lost strings on sector xxxxxx and this reapeated close to 100 times:
so I backed up my important data and have just reformatted and repartioned the drive,
I am getting ready to try the xp disk on the old drive now that it has been reformatted and partioned and all the bad links have been removed, which I think could have been a virus,