Thanks for replying,
The BIOS boot list , under "hard disks" shows the add-on card & I had disabled this.
The boot process had seemed to hang at a blank black screen.
However, during my tweaking this morning I checked & rechecked then got on with picking up a boxful of spilled screws - lo & behold, the thing had booted to XP. SO I restarted, and the process takes about 10-15 minutes to successfully boot.
I had forgotten that I had an interminable boot with this machine a few years ago & I can't remember how I resolved it... Hopefully when I've got the data off the SATA disk & removed it, it'll go back to behaving itself.
Shaun o said:
Its a bit hard to know where to start.
If you can get into the bios what boot devices are Listed.
Is the 200Gb present in the boot order. Or picked up by the bios.