Its about a p.c! agh! Just a question.. as ive recieved the most awesome help in my short time here.. I was 'evaluating' the idea of turning my hp pavilion zv6000 laptop (1.5gb ram, 1.8ghz amd, 40gb ide hdd, ati mobile graphics) into a hackintosh which turned out not to work (my macs will not be tainted!) But i had vista on it anyway which needed to go.. i tried to reinstall XP but it wouldnt let me boot from the cd.. However i COULD boot the hackintosh cd with vista being installed getting more infuriated with the sodding windoze situation and lacking hardware support from the hackintosh (which no one should do..!) I decided to dump the laptop HD into a external enclosure and nuke it to get rid of the virus.. er.. sorry i mean get rid of vista. Now.. i formatted it as fat32, but alas my laptop still wont boot from my original hp xp sp2 recovery dvd.. it just does bugger all. (still boots into the darwin thing for the mac image) my xp cd works on other computers.. infact just the other day i installed windows via boot camp on my imac - the cd isnt damaged one bit any clues? Did completely reformatting the hdd stop me installing anything (ive never done a complete fresh install like so before) Can anyone help? Or should i be shunned for all eternity for trying a hackintosh and then asking for help with a windoze installation?! (am downloading a few linux distro's as we speak) cheers!