well im glad that im not frying my PC...
when installing windows, there is no error message, it just gets to the blue screen which has Windows setup in white writing underlined and just hangs there, ive left it for a few hours and come back to it but its still there.
If i remember right i think that this is the part where the files needed for the installation to begin are loaded (please corret me if im wrong) either way it just hangs there.
The CD im using is in perfect condition - i have also tried using a new XP home CD that i have bought to build a PC for my brother, this does the same.
Could a faulty CPU be causing this to hang? If so would something like prime95 point this out when running a test?