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Windows XP Pro SP2 install, restarts and stays on load screen with pro

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I just reinstalled windows xp pro from CD after my machine stopped loading windows by exhibiting the same problem. I initailly tried a restore but to no avail. So, I opted for a fresh reinstall.

Got SP1 loaded and SP2 will install but as I mention, just stays on the XP screen and the loading bar just keeps spinning.

Can anyone help?
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Time consuming, but try installing again then install SP1 and go directly to SP3, skip SP2 as SP3 has all the SP2 updates included.
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