After a clean XPSP2 install on a new hard disc, after POST the system fails to boot from the hard drive. However, if I press ESC to get to the BOOT menu, I can select the Hard Drive with the XP installed, and the system boots normally into windows. The hard drive is set as the first boot device in the BIOS. So far I have tried:
Recovery console fixmbr
Flashed the system BIOS
A full virus scan
The MOBO is an ABIT KN8 and the HDD is a 320gb Hitachi Deskstar.
Could this be a damaged Master Boot Record? But fixmbr hasn't done the trick.
Any advice would be much appreciated.