I'm new here, so please bear with me as I learn the process. If you need further details, please do not hesitate to ask.
Our company has recently purchased parts for four new systems. I assembled them yesterday, and to avoid having to re-install all programs, I simply used a drive cloning utility to clone the old HD to a new one, and installed the new disk in the freshly assembled box.
At first, the hard disk is read and XP tries to run, but before showing a BSOD or the standard boot screen with the rotating three bars, the system reboots. If I allow the reboot to proceed, I am prompted for starting Windows normally, Last Known Good Config, Safe Mode, &c. I tried booting in safe mode with the same result as before.
I then tried a repair install from the setup disk. The repair install completes flawlessly (apparently), the 15 seconds reboot timer expires, and the system reboots.
At this point, when the BIOS hits "Verifying DMI Pool Data.........................", the blinking cursor makes its way down to just below the message (apparently attempting to boot the OS), and blinks for an indefinite amount of time (I've allowed it to go for at least 15 mins with no progression).
A forced shutdown/reboot at the above point serves no purpose.
Anybody have any ideas? They would certainly be most appreciated.
Please let me know what additional info, if any, I might provide.