I used Gparted to create a partition (MSDOS). Then I put in my Windows XP CD and followed the installation steps. After the installation, I tried to boot from the Internal HDD and all I got was a black screen with a blinking cursor. I followed the instructions in this thread:
... up until the fixmbr command in the recovery console (I ran chkdsk /r twice, first time 1 error was found and fixed, second time no errors, still came to the blank screen). Now when I attempt to boot from the Internal HDD I get a message "No bootable devices - F1 to retry F2 for setup F5 for diagnostics" and when I put in the Windows CD and try to open the recovery console, it does not detect the hard drive.
There is absolutely nothing on this computer that I want or need, it's basically just a junker that I'm messing with, so I'm not stressing. But I'm really competitive, and if I quit now, then the computer wins! and I can't let that happen Thanks in advance for your help.