if there had been a Linux OS installed previously, it might be a good idea to have Windows setup delete the existing partitions and create (+format) new partitions.
Additionally, running a HDD check utility and Memtest (both from Ultimate Boot CD) is another good idea.
Other problem sources: With newer hardware, it is recommended to use a XP install CD with integrated SP3. With Nlite you can create your own XP SP3 disc.
And if the HDD is Sata (I have not checked myself), then change Sata controller setting to “IDE” in Bios.
I can not get that far in the set up program anymore to delete existing partitions. Only saw it the very first time.
I do not see the HDD check either when i run to Boot disk. It fails to load with the following " Setupreg.hiv" error code 4103 before i get anything much to work with.
I will create an XP SP3 disk and try that.
I do not get any options in the BIOS on a 700 series to change Sata to IDE. Actually all you get it in the Pheonix setup utility is:
MAIN =,you can change system time, add supervisor password, enable Parallel port, Mode ECP/EPP, PXE enable, Base I/O Address 378, DMA channel DMA3.
BIOS=Move drives to top or bottom of list
Exit+= Exit and save changes options.
That is all you can do in the set up utility. Not very much…