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WinXp wont boot after the initial installation

Had an an hp d330 pc.
tried to install with a fresh copy of windowsXp on it.
you know after the usual stuff of copying from the cdrom with xp to ram/hd then it reboots to complete installation.
after the reboot, POST passed
and nothing happens. just a cursor blinking waiting for something.

tried to replaced, ddr ram, hard drive as well as the socket478 processor.. still the same happanes.. just a blinking cursr after POST :(

do you think i have a problem with by motherboard?
i even tried to download a new rom bios image from hp website.
it successfully upgraded the firware but still same problem exist

hope you can help me on this

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    i have exactly the same problem


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Hi dexterdolz, systems from companies like HP, Dell, Compaq, ECT. Usually put a small hidden partition at the front of their hard disk drives. (Between 2MB & 4MB in size). So if you try to install any version of windows it doesn't install because the partition is too small & you end up with a flashing curser or blue screen. They do this to force you to go back to them for your windows upgrade.

I noticed you mentioned you even swapped hard disk drive out & still got the flashing curser.
First make sure your hdd's data cable is good. (Swap it out with a new one). If you have an extra one. Boot the system & enter the bios. Make sure the bios list the hdd & that the drive is also listed in the boot order. Your cdrom drive seems to be working on the secondary IDE port.
You can connect your hard disk drive to the secondary IDE port if you feel there is a problem with the mother boards primary IDE port. Just adjust the bios boot order & hook the CDROM to the primary IDE port.
You can also run a program called Darik's boot & nuke on the HP drive:
This will allow you to create a bootable floppy disk & totally clear the drive of hidden partitions. Windows should install just fine.

Good luck dexterdolz!
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See if it will boot off the XP CD.If it does I would think you have a corrupt boot sector. Installing windows again should fix it if it is.

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