What CF-IDE adapter are you using. What type of IDE cable are you using? It may need to be the older style 40 conductor (ATA33) cables, not the new ATA66 or ATA100 cables. That's what got me the first time too. Your best bet is to install XP on a hard drive and then just copy over the files to your NTFS formatted CF drive (or FAT, but you need to run bootprep on it).