Computer is wife's and she got a BSoD. I do not know what she was doing at the time but she only uses it to look for information, play one or two games (Mah Jong? or Spider Sol) and a little Email.
She did not know what to do so she pulled the power cord. I was not home at the time.
When I try to boot I get a few blinks on the DVD & CD drives (takes say 3 to 4 seconds) and a one line display on the monitor: "K300XT BIOS P/N 113-A33437-102". The hard drive light stays on for say 10 to 15 seconds longer. Then nothing further happens.
I tried booting with each of two CD's in the CD drive and then in the DVD drive. One CD was the original Windows XP Home SP2 provided by Dell. The other was a boot disk made with Acronis True Image Home 9 made for an image on a different computer. The response was the same for both CD's. If the computer is on when I insert the CD, the CD (or DVD) drive light blinks for say 8 seconds but nothing else happens and the hard drive light never comes on. If I have the CD loaded and then turn the computer on, the CD (or DVD) drive light blinks for say 8 seconds. When it goes out the hard disk light stays on for say 10 to 15 seconds more like when no CD is used.
In all cases I get the same one line message on the monitor.
I would guess that memory on the motherboard (ROM?) or a basic file for booting on the hard drive is corrupt but I do not really know that much about computers.
If I cannot find out anything I guess I will consider buying a new motherboard; much to my surprise I found they are available. This computer is 6 years old and has never been reloaded.