Posted 05 January 2006 - 07:44 PM
Sigh... I tried the winsock fix: didn't work. So, I'm about to ask a question so stupid that I can't even believe I'm going to ask it, but here goes. (Well, an explanation first, then the question).
I didn't have a WinXP CD when I bought my PC b/c XP came preinstalled. So, I called the store where I bought it and long story short, the tech guy gave me a burned copy of an "XP Recovery" CD for free (on the sly, of course, b/c their policy required me to bring the PC in and have them do it for 50 bucks). He said that this CD will reinstall XP after I've formatted my drive.
Okay, now it's time for the stupid question. What exactly am I supposed to do with this CD? I've tried placing it in the machine and starting it up, and nothing happens. I've tried running it once I've logged in, and nothing happens. I've opened the CD and there's tons of files, but nothing I've clicked on starts anything. There's an Autorun notepad file, which says "Open=explorer". I ran that command under the "run" function, and it just takes me to the windows explorer file. The other issue might be that I have an external CD/DVD drive on my PC b/c the CD drive my PC came with hasn't worked properly in a long time, would that be causing problems? (The external drive is fine and the PC reads discs just fine).
Actually, I just thought of stupid question #2: am I supposed to format the hard drive myself before I run the CD? If so, how am I supposed to do that?
Thanks for your patience and help!