I have the following system and config:
Emachine T5026, 1GB+512MB RAM, Intel Pentium 43.06 GHz, 350GB HDD(1 came with the machine, the other is new), XP PRO and 2000, new 400W PSU.
The machine came with XP home and I upgraded to XP pro. About 2 months ago, I started having bootup problems, then one day I tried to bootup and the system just lock on the Windows icon and not go any further. I was was advised to change out the PS, add more memory and get a new HDD. I did all that and I continued to have the same problem.
I removed the old 160gig HDD and tried to install XP pro on the new drive. The XP pro would start to install then freeze up when it get to "windows is installing XP".
My next thought was to install 2000 then upgrade to XP pro. 2000 installed and I had and OS finally but when I went to upgrade to XP pro, it still would only install so far the freeze.
At present, 2000 is working but takes 3 to 5 minutes to get to the desktop and I have some yellow question marks in my device manager (pci controller). XP still freezes doing installation. Do I have to install XP home first and then install XP pro? Appreciate any suggestions or advice.