At this point, the computer itself seems to be working fine (diagnostic lights ABCD on the back are all solid green, HD diagnostics from Boot Menu passes) but will not boot past the Dell startup screen. I can get into Setup (F2) and the Boot Menu (F12).
I JUST turned it on and got the error: "Drive 3 not found: Parallel ATA, PATA-1 (PRI IDE Slave)". Previously it was returning "Loading PBR for description 2... done" immediately before the screen blacked out. On the "Drive 3 not found" page, I have a blinking cursor and the option of F1 to continue or F2 to run setup utility.
I saw several threads similar to this one but none with my particular issue... I'm suspecting this is XP crapping out on me (SH!!!!!T...) but if there are any suggestions I'm eager to hear them.
I still have the "Drive 3 not found" screen (haven't seen this before and afraid to touch it now) and am hoping it'll stay up for a bit...
I *believe* I still have the XP CD to boot from if needed, but it's not here at work with me so I'd have to try that tomorrow.
Edited by BlazeJester, 10 May 2011 - 02:12 PM.