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Trouble installing Windows XP Pro

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I have been having some trouble installing Windows XP Professional edition. I posted in another thread about this, but Geek Girl said it would be best to start a new one to get the help I needed. Basically, I went to install Windows XP Pro on my new computer (the hard drive was blank), and everything went fine. I partitioned the drive, and installed the OS. It came to the screen where it said "setup will continue after system restart, restarting in X seconds" where X was counting down from 15. After my computer restarted, it didn't load Windows! It just brought me back to the CD and asked me if I wanted to install it again. I checked the order that my drives boot in, and hard disk is set to boot before cd, so I can't figure out what the problem is. I'm running on GA-K8N Pro-SLI Nforce 4 motherboard, with an athlon 64 X2 4200+ cpu.
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were you supposed to remove the cd at that time? before she rebooted?
If you are running a SATA hard drive,did you load the drivers from a floppy
when you installed windows?
Some motherboards require you to set the boot device to SCSI to
boot from a SATA hard drive.
If it is a SATA hard drive,make sure it is on SATA channel 1.
Tried that

I did this twice, once with the cd still in there, and then once with the cd out of the drive. If I reboot with the cd in the drive it just brings me back to that setup screen. If I do it without the cd in the drive it goes to something called NVIDIA Boot Agent 201.0462. The computer sits for a bit and then it says

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting NVIDIA Boot Agent

After that it sits there with a blinking cursor. I am running on a GA-K8N Pro-SLI mobo, made by Gigabyte technologies. I'm really at a loss here, do you think it could be the cd?
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