Compaq presario 2700. windows xp installation failed. half way down. cannot complete installation

EE Team,

I have compaq presario 2700 laptop. I was recently installing windows xp pro edition with sp2. on half way thru my installation failed.

when i boot from cd, its shows the screen.. saying preparing installation and stutdown automtically.

I created 6 bootable win xp pro disk and i dont know i hit F10 and change the boot sequence, to floppy first.

but the comp still boots from hard drive...

please let me know.. i want to do a clean installation..

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Go into the bios and make sure it's set to boot from cd first;

Also you may want to make a copy of your xp cd and try install with copy.
if you change the boot priority in the bios - did you save the settings on exit?
...and could you clarify this >>    on half way thru my installation failed.   <<   any errors, or messages?

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funny you post this     i have had the same issue that has hassled me for years with an evo model compaq

i tried for 3 days to complete a reinstall with the exact same symptoms   the thing would simply turn off then not boot back to the drive even with all bios settings set

funny enough for me  - l left for like 3 months, then decided to try again and it went through just fine..ha! then last week after 2 years i tried to reinstall again and the same problem, so i promplty dropped the damn machine onto the floor and bought an ACER Travelmate!! Lol

anyway i was just posting as i would be interested in any solution that was found

thanks fellas!

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If you can boot from CD at all, try wiping the hard drive (zero-fill or similar), see if that helps the install process (sometimes it does). You can find tools for this on the Ultimate Boot CD and other places.
Maybe you need to reset your bios. This can usually be done by pressing power button for a longer time, like 30secs, with the powersupply and the battery removed.
Apu_ShahAuthor Commented:
Did not work for me, under further investigation, i blame it on bad motherboard or cpu...
thanks all
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