I have a Compaq Presario C500 laptop I am trying to put XP SP2 on. I believe it originally came with Vista, and I ran Linux on it for a long time without any problems.
Right after the "Press any key to boot from CD ..." part of the process, the installer briefly flashes, "Setup is now inspecting your computer's hardware configuration." and then the screen just goes blank and stays that way. No blue screen, no red graph, no further output.
Additionally, the hard drive activity LED on the outside comes on solid (yes, solid - not blinking very rapidly) and stays that way as well until reboot.
I have tried multiple installation CDs, and I have attempted to boot off an external USB CD-ROM. Most likely the issue has to do with the SATA storage controller. I have tried disabling "native SATA support" in the BIOS as various forum posts have suggested, but unfortunately with no effect.
Any suggestions would be welcome!