This is exactly what happens from start to finish everytime I turn on my pc.
Goes thru til Boot from CD to install windows XP Pro.
(for some reason my dvd-burner drive won't recognize the cd in the drive and doesn't ask me to push any key to load setup)
My 2nd cd drive recognizes it and loads it up.
-This is usually where most of the problems start.
It has started loading the xp setup cd and after its done loading the drivers from the cd it says Starting Windows and it has frozen there.
I have been able to install windows up to 17 minutes left before it'd stop or freeze. But also I note that when it installs it goes really slow, for example: The time it takes normally from 36 min left to 26 min left should be about 10 min in real time. Well for me it took about 45 min real time, maybe longer.
But I also just was having a problem installing windows onto the hard drive so I bought a new one and keep the slave drive and switch the master drive. Also bought a new IDE cable because I noticed my last one was pulled a little out.
I will say that before I tried reinstalling windows the pc was working but would freeze sometimes while I was using it. Then it got bad and I had to try and reinstall.
So I'm trying to see what I could test or try to figure out this problem, or with any of this info someone could have some advice.
AMD Athlon 2.0 GHz
1 gig ram
160 gig hd
80 gig hd
soundblaster audigy card
geforce 7600 GS
If you need any more info post and Ill repost.