How to Fix Getting a Black Screen When Attempting to Install Windows XP

I recently was re-installing WinXP on my folks computer and instead of blowing away their existing disk used an extra one that I had lying around.

When I went to run the WinXP set up disk I chose to boot from the CD and then got the "Setup is inspecting your computer’s configuration" message.  And then just a black screen.  The CD drive spun down and then nothing.

Turns out that since I was trying to use a disk that was formatted as ext3 that the Setup program couldn’t continue.

I solved the problem by dropping the disk in an external enclosure and reformatted it as ntfs.  Once I did that it worked like a charm

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