Hi, I'm looking for some help figuring out what is wrong with a laptop I bought. It is a Cybercom MD5958, it had Windows XP installed but it wouldn't boot, I would get the BSOD. I booted up from the Windows XP disc, I get to the part where I am to create a partition ( I previously deleted the old one in Acronis Disk Director), when I press C to do so the computer reboots. If I boot into Acronis Disk Director and manually create an NTFS partition, set it active, then boot from the Windows XP disc, I press enter to install onto that partition and it gets stuck almost immediately after that at the part where it says "examining disk id <numbers> bus <numbers> MBR . Sometimes it will reboot instead of freezing. I have also tried installing several Linux distros, they all freeze early on and I can't tell what part it is that it freezes at. I have scanned the entire HD thoroughly with HDD Regenerator and it says there are no errors. My thought is maybe the HD is dodgy? But HDD Regenerator said the thing is squeaky clean. Maybe it's an MBR problem? What I plan on trying tomorrow (it's bed time now) is creating a FAT32 partition and installing windows 98. I also plan on deleting the MBR, to see if that makes any difference. does anyone have any ideas on what this could be, or any suggestions for me to try. I'd appreciate any help I can get.