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PC hangs after initial restart after XP installation

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Hi all,
         new problem to me. Hope someone else has encountered this. Here's a history.
Repaired a PC. It was brought in after PS failed. Client said that PC made a high pitched whirring sound, than shut down, and would not restart. I immediately tested PS and replaced it. PC now posts, but no boot. I reinstall XP. Boot from CD, XP sets up and install fine. When XP installation tries it's first restart after initial install, it hangs. Timer counts back on screen, than freezes. I tried using enter and spacebar to restart. Nothing. But by hitting enter or space bar, it does stop the timer.
 So I try reset, PC posts, I see just the slightest bit of light on the screen, like a line or similiar, than black screen and hang.
I've swapped AGP cards. Tried PCI Vid cards. Swapped memory. Reset CMOS. Removed all unneccessary hardware. No luck.
I than swap Hard drive. I put in a HD with pre-installed XP. Proper post, but no boot. I put in another empty HD. Boot and install from XP cd, same results. PC hangs after initial restart.
 I than placed a HD in PC with a WinME OS pre-installed. PC booted to OS. But than hung.
I've tried WinXP Home and WinXP Pro installs, same results.
I've never encountered this before. If Mainboard or CPU were damaged from PS failure, I would think that I wouldn't have been able to boot and install from CD, Arghhh!! Hopefully I'm missing something!!

Any comments would be greatly welcomed!!

Thanks,
          bill
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