+ 0 Votes Sounds more like a Hardware problem here OH Smeg 3 years ago Since you have access tot he Internet you can download the Ultimate Boot CD available free here http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html Download the ISO File on the above page and burn to a CD and then insert it into your Optical Drive in the Dell and boot off that. Test the HDD, RAM and CPU for starters and see what if any errors you get. Col + 0 Votes XP Strayer 3 years ago It seems that the os is not going to work at all. You can buy a XP install disk or if you want, burn an Ubuntu 10.04 live CD and install that. The Ubuntu default install takes 18 minutes. You would have to do the updates, but at least you'd have an os, Open Office, Firefox and a lot of other apps.