Sorry you have waited a couple of days for a reply.
To save me looking at the Dell specification, does the computer have onboard graphics as well as a card.
If so connect onboard graphics and enable those in BIOS.
If you have already done this, OR it does not have onboard graphics or HAS, and does not have a graphics card, then proceed with a Memtest
- First Download Memtest from This Link.
- There are several downloads to choose from. For this CD Version you require the link that says:
Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)
- Download the file to your desktop.
- If you are using Windows XP or Vista then you can right click the file and choose Extract All
You will now have a .iso file on your desktop called memtest86+-2.11
- Now Click This Link to download ImgBurn.
- Download that to your desktop and launch the installer by double clicking the ImgBurn installer icon. Follow the instructions, keeping the settings as the defaults.
- Now when that is installed double click the program icon to launch
- Then click Write image file to disk
- Then insert your Blank CD
- Next click the Browse for File button and load the memtest.iso from your desktop.
- Then click the large Write file to disk button .
- The program will then create your boot disk.
Run the program on the complete 8 passes.
PREFERABLY on ONE stick of ram at a time.
As it has reached the stage where it is fnalising installation, you do not I think need F6 to install SCSI driver from floppy before actual install starts.
Is the 64bit Xp the system was INSTALLED and indeed is the recovery disc for that DELL -
I have had a quick look at that Dell 380 - so I presume from what I have seen that the answer is YES.
If the reaon for the reinstall was errors, BSOD etc, did you ascertain the reason - for instance has the HDD been checked for bad sectorshttp://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
Depending on your level of knowledge you may find this helpful - if you need guidance please just posthttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/314063