a friend of mine replied with this answer, OK. I read the article and it was just as I suspected. We need to
HAL driver for the AMD processor during setup. This is the "Wintel"
relationship I was talking about. If the laptop had a Intel chip then
would work just fine but Microsoft makes it harder for the AMD
since it is in competition with Intel.
But I don't know how to get the HAL driver, would it be on the DVD HP provided for reinstallation of XP?
If so, what driver would I tell it to install?
Any idea's, thanks! I've had this computer for over two weeks, and need to get back to the owner.