How do I boot from the XP CD? I only have the option to install or repair XP.
That is ok with me, but my first priority is to get a working computer.
ps did I answer all questions?
I will when I have time
Let me note, if you have the option to repair, have you did this or why not? It should keep all your files in tact.
Can you get a Knoppix\make a Knoppix cd? A slight possibility to access the drive, find the boot.ini file> rewrite like this...
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
Of course if only singe OS you will only have one of the two or if the same, may be in same order\switched around, you get the idea. and the (2)\windows would only be a 1 in both instances.
After you edit the file which BTW will have to be edited with a text editor, NP there, knoppix will do or even make another with all the correct info, replace Boot.ini file.
I ask about repair because you can do a false install as well, and go through until you get the option to repair the selected install. You go further than where it asks to install but you hit enter , not esc or F3. Then repair the partition. Just some options.