Today while I was working in company I faced this issue.
I was trying to do a fresh installation for Windows XP. I inserted the bootable CD and started the computer with boot option mode was selected as DVD drive. It asked “press any key to boot from cd” as usual. I hit a key and “inspecting hardware configuration” appeared.
Unfortunately just a second after that screen turned blank and stayed for a long time. I restarted system again and proceed with the above steps many times and waited a while also. I changed BIOS settings as default and all but nothing helped..
so I “googled” for the solutions 🙂 and got the the issue and fixed it..
Issue was like..
I had previous installed Linux OS on the hard disk and Windows XP was not able to identify ext4 partition and that partition has MBR. so it was getting hanged or what so ever but it was showing only blank screen when I was trying to install new operating system.
I found that it was working fine with Windows server 2008 or Windows Vista or Windows 7 so what I did, I boot my system from Windows Vista DVD and delete the partition which was containing MBR. and also format the rest of the drives too as I only need to install windows system over linux.. and after deletion.. I just open DVD drive and removed Windows Vista DVD and insert XP CD again.. now when I tried it worked fine..
so it might be issue that XP is too old to identify latest Linux ext4 partition or any other issue I couldn’t get.. but it got resolved any how.. 🙂
so if you have such issue.. first check your hard disk partition type and then proceed..