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Cant start up or enter BIOS

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The first part is dual purpose, to see if it will load from a bootable CD, if it does, to check the RAM Memory for errors

Click this for a guide to using Memtest

Click this to download Memtest

Run it overnight if possible

If that bit runs, then the next part is to wipe the drive comprehensively in case the partition table is corrupt

To completely erase all data on the drive(s)

Click this to download Boot and Nuke

Click this for a guide to using Boot and Nuke

Use the autonuke option, which could take 8 hours or so to format a 200 GB Hard Drive, then when you run Windows set up, use the default, not quick format option, and check it is creating a RAW1 partition on C, if the drive letter is different, restart the PC and it should default to C

Then you can see how XP installs

Another option is to update the BIOS, though as these are irreversible and not to be interrupted, checking the RAM Memory first is a must here
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Thanks Keith!
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