XP install problem

On the first reboot during install to a new machine, freshly formated EIDE 40G HD, the system gets into a reboot loop.  I was able to pause (after many trys) the system so I could see the message "problem with boot.ini on c:\windows" Or something to that effect. I am at my wits end with this one. My many solutions to this problem have not worked.

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Do you use a valid active key for XP?
If you install a active key at [Normal mode], it will be caused XP reboot forever.
You should install a active key at [Safe Mode].
From reading ur post, I assume u have windows XP

If u have only one partition, which I assume is c:\, then just copy and paste the following into a text document and save as boot.ini

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\Windows="Microsoft Windows XP" /fastdetect

when u've got ur boot.ini on a disk, then copy it into the root of c on ur computer

basically boot.ini is used in NT based OSes like Windows 2000 and XP to point to the operating system on the hard drive at boot.

If u experience any difficulties, and I still assume u're installing Windows XP, then boot into the recovery console and type fixboot at the command prompt
Are you still having difficultys with the installation of winxp if so let us know and we can all further trouble shoot the situation. I have also found that home computers and computer users in general that know a little bit about the bios tend to go into the bios and change the bios settings i.e. Ram timings to more agressive and so on. Here is a suggestion just for kicks go into the bios and get it to load bios defaults and safe those and reboot... Try to install xp if this doesnt work post it and let us know...
woody_hopkinsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the replies.  You will not believe what the problem(s) turned out to be.  I replaced the HD ribbon cable.  In doing so I was unable to connect the ZIP 250.  The reboot loop went away.  So either the cable was bad or the HD did not like having the ZIP drive as a slave. Unable to test.  My next problem was a page fault error – PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA  - during XP install. After changing MANY bios settings, mainly cache and buffer, and many hours later, I found that turning OFF the CPU INTERNAL CACHE would make this error go away. The XP install completed, but as you can imagine the system is excruciatingly slow.  So I assume that the CPU or the MAINBOARD is bad. This is not my system. I was trying to help someone out that put this system together will all new components and started having problems.

Thanks again

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