The guy I bought this from reformatted the XP Home Edition to Ubuntu. After I bought it from him I reformatted back to XP. The problem is that now it wont boot past the windows logo. So I tried different HD same problem. Ordered the original HP recovery disc and set it back to factory settings only to still have the same problem. I'm thinking MB but I tested it at the guys house and it worked with Ubuntu. Any ideas would be appreciated.
I try to boot in safe mode but after showing list of drivers its installing it never boots it just sits there. It does have a diagnostic tool that I used at start up to test hardrive, memory, and cpu. Says that all my hardware tests fine. I have a feeling it has something to do with the bios. I was hoping that safe mode with networking would work so that I could go to the website and update bios but nothing.
So I talked to Hitachi support they said that the trc code means that the hard drive is defective because of a component in the hard drive itself. Looks like i am looking for a new hard drive. Hopefully that fixes the problem. Thanks for your help frozenlead i will keep you posted on my progress.