Since you are sure that the HD is set to boot first, it would appear that
either the HD itself or the boot sector on the HD is toast.
Do you have an XP install CD? If so, boot it and press "R" when prompted to
repair an XP install.
Select the correct OS from any presented.
Enter administrator password if there is one.
Next, type: fixboot NOTE: I am assuming you have only one drive in the
laptop and/or that XP is on C:
Try booting. Work? If not, repeat the above but this time type...
You'll get a message that what you want to do can *** up your computer;
just type: y then ENTER
If neither of those fixes you up I fear your HD is no more. If that is the
case you can recover your data from it by putting it in another machine as a
second drive and copying what you need.
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