First the system specs: Dell Dimension 8300 PSU: 305 watt psu came with the comp (used almost every day for 3 years) CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3.00ghz grfx card: Nvidia Geforce 5200 FX 128mb (AGP 8x) RAM: 2 1GB Patriot cards floppy drive: yes CD/DVD Drive: TEAC DV-W58E (2004 model) DVD read only: Hitachi GDR-8162B (2003 model) not sure mobo but the chipset: Intel 875P HDDs: #1-Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 80GB ATA/133 HDD #2-Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 300GB My problem: I formerly had attempted to fix it but, to no avail. Now, after wiping it with the Guttman wipe available with Darik's Boot and Nuke, I tried going through the standard Windows XP Professional (with SP3) installation: insert the CD into the CD drive and close it. Does not work. The computer reads it as nothing being there. (Yes I have checked ALL BIOS settings to ensure that it is set to boot first through CD-ROM and it still reads as nothing in the drive.) On my next attempt I try using Windows XP PRO floppy bootables and then put in the CD and it reads it. But, when it tries to copy it's contents onto the partitioned NTFS hard drive (partitioned with the use of the Windows XP Professional SP3 CD) it stops at certain points each time and says it is unable to copy this particular file to the computer and gives me the option to ignore it and continue or to abort operation or to retry (retrying does not work on any of the many freaking times it tells me it can't copy a file.) So, my guess with the floppy bootables problem is that they're just really old and I should've updated them before my computer died or something with compatability with the CD (it coming with Service Pack 3 and not being the original Windows XP Professional only.) And then the problem with the CD not being read in the drive would probably be some cable problem or drive issue. If anyone, ANYONE can help me remedy this issue, I would be oh so grateful. This has been plagueing me for quite some time.