Re: Installation of Win. XP Problem
Bad ram, bad video card, bad cpu are things that will sound a beep code if there's a problem there. One thing I will be doing on an old case here when nothing at all was seen on an Asus Socket A board will be tossing octagon shaped washers over the stand offs in case part of the board is grounding out for some reason.
That wouldn't solve your problem since the board was functioning except for getting Windows on. The possible defects in one or more caps or something like the chipset would explain why nothing at all is what you are seeing there since a bad component weak at first simply let go.
Last week a friend I loaned a spare drive out who couldn't get XP to install to the Sata 1 type WD originally saw XP crash and couldn't see a repair or fresh install used until the ide loaner was removed for the WD 200gb model he had wanted running in the first place.
The clean went well since everything as far as hardwares and board were trouble free. There? The board itself is the most probable item explaining why you were seeing so much trouble just trying to get Windows on. As the voltages dropped off and then came up the optical as well as hard drive was effected making for an erratic disk reading.