Since this error happens when you boot from CD, we can eliminate hard drive problem.
I suspect, there is something wrong with that single RAM stick.
I'd replace it with two new 512MB sticks.
XP with 1GB of RAM will be flying anyway.
That's my advice, short of going to the computer shop for further diagnose.
Alright. Is there somewhere I can purchase replacements, as well as instructions on how to install them? Or any specific branch of technicians I should go to if further diagnosis is needed?
Terribly sorry for being pesky- but I also noticed this:
After an attempt to boot from the CD after running memtest, I received an error I had before that showed up before my original adapter died, and hasn't showed up on this new one until now.
"The AC adapter type cannot be determined. Your system will operate slower and the battery will not charge.
Please connect a Dell 90W AC adapter or higher for best system operation. To resolve this issue, try to reseat the power adapter.
Strike the F3 key (before the F1 or F2 key) if you do not want to see power warning messages again.
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility
Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics."
Edited by Ludo Siren, 13 July 2009 - 04:13 PM.