I reciently managed to get an old PC from a member of the family, it's a Compaq S4500UK. It has a pretty nice spec, AMD Athlon XP @ 2.1GHz 1.5GB RAM and a 120GB HDD.
I booted it up, and I found the machine had a bad install of XP. I dont have the original backup CD's, so I grabbed my XP CD, popped it in, and I get the BSOD (STOP: 0x0000007B) - I looked this up, and I found out that 0x7B is an error to do with the Hard Drive. So out of interest, i opened up the case, disconnected the Hard Drive and tried again. Same thing happened. (What!?!?) - I've tried different RAM sticks in the machine, I've tried booting the XP installer off a USB, same result. Out of interest I tried a Vista CD, it managed to copy all the files over to the Hard Drive, but failed at the last minute and gave me some garbled message.
I've formatted the hard drive numerous times, deleted all partitions and made it into one big partition, still no sucess.
The only way I can get this machine to work is if I install Slax onto a USB Drive and boot from there.
I am absolutely stumpted in what to do. Any ideas? - I don't want to throw this machine away becuase it still works and I don't want it to be thrown into landfill :)