I've owned a Dell XPS600 for a good four or five years now. I've had my ups and downs with the system, and it was fairly crippled after my Dad tried to download a Registry program of some sort. This wound up crippling my computer by disabling it's ability to play sound or recognizing my CD-Drive and DVD-Drive. After some time, the sound began working again. My CD-Drive and DVD-Drives are now functioning as well, although not ideally. I have to go to My Computer and select different drives than what they used to be (D and E now became G and H. However, D and E are still listed and such.) But besides this, the computer hasn't had much problems.
With that bit of history out of the way, now to my current problem. Not knowing the chaos that went with it, I installed SP3 a week or so ago in order to see if I could get a MMO to function. Nothing was wrong until tonight, when I was browsing the internet with Google Chrome and my computer was hit with a Blue Screen of Death. Unfortunately, I panicked, and restarted the computer before writing down what the exact error message was.
Now, whenever my computer starts, it explains that it had to shutdown unexpectedly and gives me options as to how to start it up again. Three of these include Safe Mode. Some of the time when I try this, it gets caught up on the last line and the computer freezes. Other times, the computer simply reboots again.
The other two options are to start Windows with it's last working settings or to start Windows normally. Both of these simply cause Windows to reboot itself again. At times-- usually when I let my computer sit for a while, I get the following Blue Screen:
(Problem been detected text)
(FIrst time, if problems continue text)
*** STOP: 0x00000050 (0xD78A25B4, 0x00000000, 0x80575562, 0x00000000)
I've been trying my best to Google and research, and these usually lead me to the use of the Recovery Console. I do have a Reinstallation CD for Windows XP that came with the computer (Windows XP was pre-installed), but due to the above problems, I can't get my computer to recognize the CD-Drives. At least I don't think I can. I have tried to move the CD and DVD Drives' boot order to highest priority, but nothing has changed.
So at this point, I'm at a loss of what to do, which is why I've turned to these forums for any help you can give me. I'll check back on this topic at least a few times a day, and try to provide whatever information you need and take any steps you need me to take.
Thank you very much in advance.