I agree w/Night
I recently had the same issue with a Compaq laptop. Mine was doing the same exact thing. I reformatted hd and installed xp, however, xp wouldn't install. Turns out the hard drive was bad. Bought and installed new HD and laptop is back to business. Good luck
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