Because I am apparently an idiot, I tried to save some money a few months back and just purchase a hard drive for my wife's old Dell Vostro laptop, rather than spend the money on a new computer. Since then, a couple of things have happened.
First, my cd rom stopped working, saying there is no driver and my attempts to find a compatible driver have been in vain. So reloading the software I bought (e.g. MS Office) has been a non-starter, but since I have used this computer very little, I just blew that off.
However, I needed to do some light word processing and send and check emails, but when I turned the computer on, I got the blue screen (attached) and can only get out of the blue screen, restart, blue screen cycle by opening windows in safe mode which, of course, means that I cannot connect to the internet. In case the attachment is not clear enough, the blue screen says "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL"...whatever that means.
Unfortunately, this laptop shaped box is all I have at the moment. Is there any hope for me?
Thank you for your help.