XP Setup won't load with hdd connected
Here's a puzzler for you all..
Dell Latitude D610 won't load XP setup when the hdd is connected. You get the press any key to boot from CD which you do and then you get the usual checking hardware and the hdd indicator blinks once and the machine hangs at a black screen with no cdrom activity when you'd expect the familiar blue + white windows install screen.
* Removal of hdd set up runs fine
* Will boot no problem from any linux livecd I've used but point blank refuses to boot from either of the two XP CDs I've tried
* Will boot however from a Vista DVD
I've been able to recover all of the data using a linux livecd and smarttools is quite happy there's no disk problems in an extended test.
The fault reported to me was "disk read error, press ctrl alt del" when trying to boot windows which we all know means XP has had a tantrum and needs a chkdsk/fixboot/fixmbr/a cuddle.
I don't care about the data anymore but if I can't boot the bloody thing to install XP I'm loathed to trash the partitions to find I still can't.
Any intelligent ideas welcomed.