Alright well, long story short... I guess
My brothers computer (Emachine EL1200 Windows XP Home Edition) received a blue screen while booting, I don't own any discs to restore the computer with and even if I did it wouldn't help because his CD-ROM doesn't work for some reason.
After some googling I found you could apparently install windows XP onto a computer through a flash drive. After many hours of using a program called WinToFlash I got Windows XP Professional SP3 onto the flash drive and began to install it. Everything went as planned, I installed Windows... but then when it finished and rebooted the computer all that appeared was an error reading
Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information.
I cannot get into the BIOS or Boot Menu by using F2 or F10, it ignores my keystrokes and goes directly to the error message, over and over and over.
I took the computer apart and hooked up his CD-ROM properly since for some reason it was pushed into the tower too much which caused it to not open properly before, I found a CD and put Windows XP Home Edition SP1 on it, put it in the CD-ROM, restarted the computer... same error.
I googled the error and found a help article for it on Microsofts website. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314477
I cannot do any of these steps, I don't know how to since all I get is an error message when the computers on... so I guess all I'm coming here for is some suggestions and advice. Is there anything I can do to fix his computer for him or is it completely done for because I'm out of ideas and quite frankly I think I did enough damage today since it went from a blue screen which could have been fixed but I went and made the computer so it doesn't even start properly...