Does anyone know why laptop stops installin in middle of installing windows. I have a Toshiba Satellite A65-s1762 got it with a blank harddrive, it had originally had win xp home on it but like i said no operating system, it goes through everything fine for like 5 minutes where setup is checking system when it finally gets done it shows "setup installing windows and thats it cd rom stops no lights showin anything working from then on it like it froze but i can still hit F3 to exit and restart, oh yeah since theres no operating system on harddrive I'm installing win XP pro if this helps
-See if you have any rare/exotice hardware that Windows cannot recognise and needs drivers for (storage devices)
-Unplug all USB/Firewire/Expansion cards until windows install has finished
-Update the system BIOS (if available)
-Update the optical drive firmware (if available)
What "disk" are you installing off? Is it a retail CD, a burnt copy, or a pirated version that may be corrupt? Is the CD scratched or rotting?
If its a copied/pirated/burnt disk, try borrowing a retail pressed disk from a friend and see if that works.
Also, in case you are using a "customised" / "nlited" / "hfslip+" / "SP2/3 slipstreamed" disk, try using the XP RTM version, to check if the reason setup hangs is because of a corrupt or missing file.