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Cannot boot with Windows XP cd

I have a PC Chips M848A mobo with an athlon xp 2200.  I'm trying to install Win Xp Pro on the hard drive.  The problem is when I boot with the Windows cd-rom it will only get up to where it says "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration" then goes black and does nothing.

The disk works fine on my other computer - as does the hard drive.  I saw a reference elsewhere where someone had a similar problem with the PC Chips M848A mobo, but could not find a solution.

Any ideas?
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jonaro8
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Well, if the hard drive is fine and the disk is fine, I'd be trying a new CD-ROM drive.
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rindiCommented:
Maybe you should try playing around with the BIOS settings and try different ones. If there is a "Fail-Safe" setting start with that. Disable extra items like sound cards etc.
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and235100Commented:
Firstly - check that your windows cd is not scratched or dirty.

Second - can you stress-test the ram - to check that you have no memory-related problems:

http://www.memtest.org/

(create a boot cd/diskette - and scan through at least 10 times)
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nobusCommented:
for your problem here the list of possibilities (many named above) :
-bad cd, or cd drive  -->  copy the cd, try another cd, or another drive
-bad ide cables or connectors --> swap them
-bad ram : test it, or replace it (or run 1 stick at the time)
-bad motherboard --> relace it
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jonaro8Author Commented:
Ok, I've tried just about everything suggested and no change.
  - used fail-safe settings in bios
  - verified cd and cd drive
  - verified hard drive, ide cables
  - verified ram

Does that just leave me with returning the motherboard?
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rindiCommented:
Install Ubuntu and test the board using that OS. If it works that way, the Mainboard is good.

http://www.ubuntu.com/

Once that is running you'll probably be so impressed by that OS you won't want to return to windoze!
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and235100Commented:
To reinforce what rindi says - yes I would agree that you may never go back to Windows. But boot from a live cd/dvd first - to check if your system is linux-compatible.

Try booting from a OpenSUSE livedvd - http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/10.2/iso/dvd/openSUSE-10.2-GM-LiveDVD.iso 
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rindiCommented:
Ubuntu boots into a livecd first (at least the standard ubuntu and kubuntu versions), then it can be installed using a desktop icon. Installing it may be better to test the system properly, or I'd have suggested knoppix...
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and235100Commented:
Okay - I just think that Suse is better than Ubuntu - that's all... (personal preference)
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