<<My disk for windows xp home edition appears to be too old, as when I try to load it I'm told I have a much newer version in the computer and cannot use the disk. So, I cannot get the Recovery Console.>>
The SP version of your XP install CD...only comes into play when attempting to either do a repair install or run sfc /scannow. Since each SP reflects different install files, Windows won't allow newer system files to be replaced by older ones...hence the warning comes up.
If trying to access the Recovery Console properly, there is no issue...RC commands/functions are the same for any XP install, regardles of what SP may be installed on the system or be reflected on the CD.
To be honest...the first thing I thought of when I read your inability to power up the system...is "power supply", not "SP3". Have you tried a different PSU?
System manufacturer and model? Or...motherboard manufacturer and model, if custom-built?
FWIW: If you want to create an updated XP install CD, Slipstreaming Windows XP To Create a Bootable Windows XP CD or DVD - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/slipstreaming-windows-xp-to-create-bootable-cd/
Note that these (and most instructions referencing "XP CD") instructions assume that the user has valid Genuine XP install CD....not recovery/restore CDs prepared by the manufacturer of the system. Although they seem to fulfill the same ultimate end (to some), restore/recovery CDs cannot be used in the same manner as an XP install CD.
Edited by hamluis, 23 November 2009 - 02:33 PM.