OK it's Windows 2000 Professional, and the Compaq Presario 4500 minitower(P233MMX, 32MB, 10GB).
Basically it can't get through the first restart during the installation; it goes through that loading screen(with the little status bar at the bottom) that win2k always uses at startup, then has some kind of BSOD, which says something about a memory dump and to try restarting once, and if that fails call a tech support-type person... Uhh... I've tried restarting it close to 15 times now. Furthest its ever got was half way through the installing-drivers-for-connected-devices part, then mister BSOD flashed up.
I did some research on Google about 2k and 32MB, and nobody else has reported problems, so RAM size isn't it. The hard drive is brand-new and currently has win 95 running fine on it so that's not the problem, either. And I tried several different RAM chips and unplugged everything but the essential hardware...nothing gets rid of it. Install CD works fine on my Armada 1500c and my friend's half-dead PC(BIOS apparently eaten by a virus), so not even THAT explains it.
Somebody help me?