I don't know how long I spent on this, but I'm tired as [bleep], my eyes are red, my back's all cramped up, and after all that research... homey, you're just flat-out wrong.
I came to this site looking for tech-help. You're a tech and you tell me my problem has no solution.
"No magic available"
"You have to buy..."
magic. I don't have to buy anything. This website helped me NADA
. If anyone else has the same problem, hopefully I can change that for them...
Anyone with the same computer I have (see above) who wants to do the same thing:
1) Copy ANYTHING you want to save to an external source.
2) Restart your computer.
3) As soon as the big DELL logo comes up, press and hold the CTRL key (about half a second); then without letting go, press and hold the F11 key (another half second); release both keys at the same time
4) Follow the wizard
5) F***ing MAGIC!
This won't work on every Dell or on every computer running XP, but it'll work on the Dimension 3000...
If you're on a different Dell and are wanting to do this, don't ask this tech-head, he'll tell you it can't be done. Go to dell.com
and enter your service tag from the sticker on your machine (or download and run their code-finding application); then read the information specific to your machine
until your eyes are red and major depression sits in. And good luck to you. I hope you find what you need.
If you're not on a Dell at all, go to the website of your
computer's manufacturer, try to find their Support pages, and good luck to you too.