Posted 09 December 2004 - 08:41 AM
When you turn the computer on, do you get any sound? If everything is good, then you should hear one beep when the computer reaches POST. Listen very carefully for it, because it will not come from any external speakers that you have installed.
After doing the cleaning up that you said, I would be looking for my XP install CDs. You may have to do a repair install.
Another thing you could try out is a bootdisk. It can easily be done with a working XP machine. Click START help, and bootdisk, and it will walk you through how to do it. When finished, make sure that you turn the computer on with this disk in.
We are all curious like a cat. We wonder, we ask, we learn.
Please post back when a suggestion works, so that others may learn.