Problems with clean install of Windows XP Pro on Thinkpad T22

Posted: 12-24-2003, 11:47 AM

I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows XP Pro
(formatted harddisk and boot using Windows XP Pro setup
CD) on a Thinkpad T22.

At the point where setup says "Installing Devices" the
system hangs (no progress indication and harddisk
accesses stop). I tried CAPS lock key etc to see if the
keyboard responds but I find that I get a response only
for the screen brightness key (Fn-Home and Fn-End) and
the ThinkLight key (Fn-PgUp). Surprisingly if I keep
increasing and decreasing the LCD brightness (using Fn-
Home and Fn-End) the progress bar moves forward and after
about 2 to 3 minutes I get a long beep and thereafter
setup proceeds normally (i.e. harddisk accesses start and
it continues on to other tasks after
completing "Installing Devices").

However after setup reaches the "Finishing Installation"
part and reboots the system for Win XP Pro to load for
the first time, I find that the system hangs at the
loading screen. Thereafter whatever I do I cannot make it
boot into normal mode. I am able to go into "Safe mode"
and "Safe mode with command prompt".

I would appreciate any help in troubleshooting this

-- Santosh

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