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XP stuck in endless install loop


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smashguy37

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My friend's computer finally crapped out from tons of viruses and trojans. I'm helping him clean his system out (physically) and reinstall Windows XP. His OS drive has been wiped clean.

I'm not sure what the motherboard is, but it's smaller and I think the processor is AMD and both HDDs are IDE.

After some initial master/slave confusion, I got the (genuine) XP disc to start the install and it goes through the first part (before the part that says "39 mins remaining" and has the "new features" of XP stuff next to it), but it reboots and then it goes back into the same install part and if I let it go, it shows that I already have an OS installed (because it JUST installed) and I've tried overwriting it or doing a repair and nothing...if I take the CD out it gives an error that says 'DISK BOOT ERROR'.

The boot sequence has the optical drive as last and the HDDs first, but it doesn't matter what I change the sequence too, it's either I get stuck in this setup loop or I get a boot disk error. I have a WD LifeGuard test on the hard drive through another computer and it reads okay. Am I missing something here? Thank you.
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Also, I was originally getting a CMOS checksum error - defaults loaded error, but it stopped and then I was getting the scenario in my first post. I tried again tonight and am now getting the CMOS error. I have tried removing the battery and putting back in but no luck. Would a nearly dead battery cause the setup loop?
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