One of our older systems was not starting properly so I got the original XP CD and rebooted with the CD in the bay hoping to re-install it. I had saved all important data, so I was not worried about losing all data at the reinstall if I had to reformat or whatever it took to get it going.
The process began uneventfully but about 1/3 into the load it prompted me for the CD with the SP2
files. I had no disk, so I clicked OK since the XP install disk has a label that said "Includes SP 2". At that point the installation began to hang up, and now it asked for the disk with i386. Again I clicked OK and nothing happened. Now when I try to restart the computer it comes up to that point where it asked for the files and hangs up.
I attempted to use another XP disk hoping it would book from the CD and maybe take me to the format window but no luck. I even tried to back load it with a Windows 2000 disk, figuring if it worked I could always upgrade it. Nothing! I even downloaded SP2
onto a CD and tried to feed it into the bay when it asked for it. Same results.
So now the computer is stuck on a window that keeps asking for the Windows XP SP2
disk and I have nothing more to offer it!
I would appreciate any comments or ideas as to how to proceed!