A friend bought a new computer and gave me his old one (1200 processer, 256 MB RAM). He said he was having problems booting it as it would constantly turn off whilst loading windows.
When I got it home it actually booted into Windows several times without problem. I accessed Safe Mode and deleted old users - hung a bit whilst doing that, but then booted into normal mode again). Tried reinstalling windows, but it hung at the 'formatting drive' option.
Couple of more reboots and it started hanging at bootup all the time. I changed the 20GB HD for a spare and tried reinstalling Windows (XP Pro) but, whilst it reads the initial files from the CD drive, it then constantly reboots as soon as it gets to the point where the system tries to install windows. It then simply recycles through Reboot | Installing Windows | Reboot
Checked all cables, memory, etc, to see that they were properly seated.
I know this isn't a lot of information to be going on, but any suggestions as to what can be causing this? I know it's not the HD, because I've tried 2. In any case, when installing XP, it recognises the drive and the partitions, so it's reading the drive.