the tray will open so doesn't this mean the drive is working?
NO, it simply means, exactly that the tray will open, all that is , basically is a release catch.
And if the drive was actually reading my XP disc, would the 'press any key to boot' come up? Because at the moment nothing comes up at all.
Not necessarily, it may automatically read and boot from the CD.
Without blank CD`s, or borrowing another bootable CD, or having whoever made that, make another one you are going no further.
With that CD program I sent you you can format the drive, or you can take the hard drive out, connect it externally to another computer and test the drive. OR you can connect an external CD drive to a USB socket and see if that works
Without ANY of these options it is I think a lost cause.
Please post back when you acquire some or one of these and we can look again at the issue.
Did not notice this post by you when I replied to your post 11.
Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or currupt : \WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMced startup options for Windows 2000, press F8.
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows 2000 Setup using the original Setup floppy disk or CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.But when I press R, nothing happens
When you press R nothing will happen, because R refers to the option after the lineYou can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows 2000 Setup using the original Setup floppy disk or CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.
and you have not inserted a Windows 2000 (ME) CD rom. so the press R is completely irrelevant.
Edited by Macboatmaster, 23 September 2011 - 03:27 PM.