thanks for the comments
All of my equipment has tested out good. I completely agree with the last statement of corrupting data and system files. This would take the first disk down and if I could get to the point on the xp recovery cd that I needed to, I would be able to fix it and be up and running. The fault is that I can not load the setup from cd or floppies. Here is even more of a problem. Although XP is a 32 bit OS, the boot disk and setup loader is 16 bit. I have no problems loading win98 (16 bit OS) on this machine. I have a problem with the xpboot getting to the recovery/installation screen. If I could get to this, I would be in business.
After testing everything out, I would have to say something on the motherboard has gone bad and why win98 can load and I can use it fine with stability, well, that is where the problem lies. I have swapped everything out, but I haven't swapped a mobo out, because I dont have another one
After countless hours dealing with microsoft, I have left them stumped.
Which btw, microsoft's customer service and research team are great...but then why are we here helping each other out.
They have no clue, I have no clue and it seems that everyone around has no clue...
I have been a Sr Support Lead for many years and with all of my dealings I have never left a project undone and stated "Just replace everything!!!" but that seems to be the picture in this one.
If you have any clues or advice that hasn't been outlined, please feel free to let me know. I am eager to try anything until I can go out and buy a new mobo..
Have a great day