Hi, I have a strange question. I have been pouring over this site for several hours now and can't really find anything to help with my problem. Here is what happened. Last night my computer came up with some error message that I didn't see. My son (11 mind you) told me about it and said he clicked the OK button. If I try and restart the computer without the Window's CD (the one used to re-install windows) then nothing happens. It is just a black screen with a flashing dash about 1/2 the time. The other half of the time, it will just sit at the gatway logo screen. If I try and start it with the WIndows CD in, it starts to go through the motions of a re-install then freezes up on the install window where it has been stuck for the last hour now. I can't boot up to safe made, I can't scan the hard drive or anything that has been mentioned before. Oh, also when it starts to go through the motions of re-installing windows, again, about 1/2 the time, it will tell me I have a "The error code is 4". SO I turn off the computer and restart it only to have it get stuck on the relaod screen. Is this a case of my hard drive gone bad? If it is my hard dirve, when I replace it, will I be able to put it in and load windows from the CD that came with the computer, or is totally usless.