my compaq presairo win not load xp

I put 98se on this but I can not put xp on this. I have been waiting for 4 hours for this to finish but it this still in the same position.It is a the preparing installation stag but has been there for about 4 hours. the progress baris at half of the 4 hours but the lights are still going.I was told that if 98se can not upgrade to xp then ther is a serious problem.Can you tell me what that maybe,please!.But 98se install with no prblems.So is this drive had or can I just fdisk foramt c:/s with 98se then use this as a slave drive for a xp system.Can you tell me what to do please and the problem.
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parkerigConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi,
I have installed 100's of XP installs.
Suggest you check microsoft compatability list  

http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hcl/default.mspx

at least then you will know if a problem with hardware.

But as said, having done hundreds of XP installs I have always booted from CD formated the harddisk with NTFS and install has proceeded with no problems.

I hope this offers some encouragement. I'd need more details to offer exact help.
Ian.
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slink9Commented:
How old is this system?  I vote for incompatible hardware and/or an XP CD that is not an original OEM.
If you believe the system can handle XP, take out all of the add-in cards, especially network and modem.  Then try to install XP.  It is possible that one of these is not XP capable.
It will also be better to do a fresh XP install instead of an upgrade.
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