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HP Dv5220us won't complete bootup

I have a Hp DV5220 us.  It stopped booting up a few weeks ago.  It actually will do more when I take out the battery and just plug in the brick - yet it still is having major problems and it won't complete boot up - it will get into the Windows XP screen and the series of dots under the Windows logo will keep moving L to R but it will do that forever if I let it.  I replaced the hard drive with a drive I know works, I resat the RAM.  I've tried booting in safe mode - and will either get stuck on the line with drivers/mup.sys or sometimes gets into a black screen with Safe mode on it, then goes into a blue screen that says A problem has been detected and windows has shut down to prevent damage to your computer
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If I put in an XP install disk and boot up, it will go into a chkdsk mode, say the volume is dirty, do some repairs and then come up to the desktop screen of a hill with green grass and a blue sky with clouds - but no icons and the mouse arrow is frozen at mid screen and won't move.
Any ideas on where the problem is and or how to fix it?
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The HD in place when the problem started has been replaced with another - I am 'pretty' sure the HD that's in there now is good - but I'm not positive.  If I boot up with the Windows OS disk in am I right to expect it to give me an option to install - or will only do that if the HD is formatted and blank?  If so, I may try to format it in an external HD case and then try putting it back in along with the OS disk.  If you don't think that is going to change anything, i'll go out and buy a new HD and try it with a new HD.
I replace both RAM chips with spares I had here - and it made no difference.

I'll repost when I get a new HD
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you can also test if the rest of the hardware is ok - by running from the live Knoppix cd :
ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V6.4.4CD-2011-01-30-EN.iso 
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I just bought a new HD - but before I opened it, I took the HD that I was trying for the last few days and put it into an external drive case - and the drive popped up.  I am suspicious of more than an HD failure or RAM - I will try the Linux idea - but I'm wondering if this is an HD controller issue which means MOBO which means Ebay or recycle.  I'll try the Linux and repost later.  Thanks.
and do test the HDD
I downloaded and have the Knoppix CD running on the computer.  Where are the diagnostics or how do I run them?
in knoppix I believe it's system, administration, disk utility, then click on the disk and check the smart status.
you don't run Knoppix for diags - it IS the diag : another OS, drivers.
test if you can access the disk, internet, have sound etc...like a normal pc
That will show effectively if the hardware is working !
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