Ok windude I'll give it a go mate as I have now wiped three drives (0's) and diskparted them to create a primary partition, but all get to loading all the XP files on and when it reboots it just goes to a screen CTRL/ALT/DEL to restart the machine. The proces starts all over from there.
I have been using that mini tools Partition Wizard if that is of any useful info.
Frankly I think I might have a couple of dud OS's here although the first one I used worked ok. Mind you they are dated 2002 and I think were a job lot from some company that swapped over to 7.
So at the moment I am formatting a drive that I haven't wiped to see if that works if not then I'll bin the disks and see if the friend can afford an OEM of 7 - pity cos the machine is only for the kids to play on so they don't muck up her laptop that I have just spent some time fixing.
Maybe there is a virus embedded in the mobo or keyboard - but I am really clutching at straws there I guess.