- Came down to me with an NTDETECT error on boot-up. This caused an automatic restart of the system.
- I tried to run XP's setup program via CD boot-up to initiate a repair installation. This is when I noticed the probem. In the setup program, it loads all the files at the beginning, and just when it says "Setup is Starting Windows" and it's about to load the installation menu, the Laptop switches off.
- I then tried to format the C drive and run XP's setup again. No change.
- Then, it seemed to me like I should try and install a copy of Windows 98SE. That installed sucessfully. I did this because for some reason, I figured the MBR could be the problem, and I wanted to overwrite it. It was probably a stupid move, but I had to try.
- Once Windows 98 was installed, I tried to run XP's setup again. Still, no difference.
Since all that I've tried using a Win98 bootdisk and doing a "sys a: c:" and I've also tried Norton Save & Restore to restore the MBR. Nothing has made the slightest difference with respect to installing XP. I can't even go into the Recovery Console to execute "fixboot" and "fixmbr". So, right now I'm stuck with a XP built Laptop running Windows 98. I've left 98 on just in case it may be needed in any solution that may arise.
If anyone has any ideas, I would be happy to hear them. I'm stuck right now, and I don't know anybody with the know-how in fixing problems like these.
Edited by bigdave, 18 February 2007 - 08:49 PM.