Though I am not sure if the jumpers are connected correctly I have got the system to turn on but the confusion comes when trying to install Windows. I had better mention that I am unsure if the main board is suitable for XP it looks a bit on the pathetic side when I compare it to my other system. ( I also have Windows 98 & ME if you think these would be better options to try).
On attempting to boot with the boot disk (I have used ‘Madboot’)
it tells me that there is no hard drive installed. When I boot with the CD Rom drive with the XP disk I get the Windows setup/agree to license and then- choose partition= C: Partition 1 [NTFS] 19085MB/18599MB free. (Also unpartitioned space 8MB) It therefore recognizes the hard drive and I have been able to format it though it does say that there is another operating system on the same partition, (even after formatting a second time). Windows copies files to an installation folder and then says ‘Please wait while Windows initializes the setup’. It then reboots and the whole procedure begins again without actually installing Windows.
I am also open to suggestions regarding replacing the main board and another compatible hard drive if you could suggest something that won’t cost the earth but is defiantly suitable for XP.
If I can make it work I will be giving it to my daughter so I am under a little pressure.