Re: windows xp stalls at setup is starting windows
If you can get in BIOS, make sure S.M.A.R.T. is enabled for the hard drive. It sounds like a hard drive issue, and this option will flag the hard drive if there are problems. If S.M.A.R.T. is not available (it's not on every BIOS), you way want to try the manufactures diagnostic utility for your hard drive. I think it's a hard drive issue, since you were unable to do a repair. Any hangs during setup is usually related to a hardware issue (although not always).
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