I have a system that has been running as a Linux box for the last few months. Originally, it's OS was Windows XP Media Center Edition.
Another computer failed on me, so I installed Windows XP Professional SP1 on the system the first system, The installation completed successfully, but when it came to the first boot, it hung at the Windows Logo.
Rebooting into safe mode revealed that it was consistently freezing after MUP.SYS was loaded. I reinstalled. Again the installation completed successfuly, again it froze during the first proper startup after MUP.SYS. I guessed my XP disc was broken, as it had been giving me trouble before.
So I tried again with another disc (XP Home SP2 this time as I no longer have the media center disc. The system was not powerful enough to run Vista, and my only Vista disc is a Dell disc anyway). Installation completed successfully, same problem occurs.
As a test, I reinstalled Ubuntu, and that installed, and ran perfectly.
The system in question is a Compaq Presario SR2000
- Reseating all internal components does not help.
- Running memtest86+ overnight says the RAM is ok.
- Resetting to BIOS defaults doesn't help.
Google suggests updating the BIOS to the newest version. However, the only method provided to update the BIOS on this system is to run a Windows program. No Windows, no BIOS update. No BIOS update, no Windows.
I transferred the RAM, Hard Drive, CD drive and firewire card to another old computer and installed and ran Windows successfully on that. I would still prefer to use the first system, as the the second system is quite small and tends to overheat. (This also rules out any of these components being at fault)