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Open up the loading bay and use a can of compressed air to blow any dirt, next get a Q-Tip and rubbing alcohol, carefully clean the laser lens, allow several minutes to dry, check your cd disc for fingerprints and other marks.
Take a soft paper towel and make sure there are no fingerprints either on the top or bottom of the cd. Then put the cd back into the drive and restart the computer. Listen to the drive and see if its trying to load the cd. You should get a progress bar that comes up showing you that its trying to get into the windows setup. If you can't hear anything from your drive then that means the drive is going bad and would need to be replaced. Also try another windows disc if you have another one just to see if the problem is the original disc. It could be that its not trying to go into the setup and its bypassing the cd and not going anywhere. Also go into your system BIOS and make sure the cd/dvd drive is the first drive in the boot list.
If this happens in all the discs you put in, then you should consider looking at the processor and memory speed, and most importantly, the disc drive itself. Replace the drive, if nothing happens, then upgrade your memory and processor (CPU). If this happens with only one discs or with a few discs, see if your drive can read the type of discs you put in. There is a "+" and/or "-" on the disc, it should work properly with a +/- drive. If the drive has "+" on it, then it can only read discs with a "+" on it. Hope this helps . . .
Download the sata drivers to a bootable disc.Then load xp disc and boot from it when entering it will ask for additional(sata)etc. drivers load disc with new sata drivers .put xp disc back in and tell it to install to disc.RICHARDM69
Do you still have the original recovery disc for the PC? If so, put that into the disc drive then boot the computer. It can help you either save the installed operating system or create a new one if there is a serious problem.
This could also be due to a hard disk drive failure, in which case you'd be needing to get a new hard disk. Most of the time however, just a file allocation table messes up during a power down, or some other random problem happened and just caused a simple error on the drive. I'd definitely find that recovery disc. If nothing else, you can use google to search for recovery boot disks that you can download and burn to a CD using a different computer. They can help as well.