thanks for the links. it all makes my head hurt, but I'm trying to understand. being a brand new 'puter, should I really try all the anti-virus stuff? re: device driver
issues - I have a TSST corp CDDVDW TS-L633C which is (near as I can tell) blessed by microsoft for XP. read some about 'XP set up disks' but they are only available on floppy??! getting way out of my league here and no access to floppy drives anyway
F6 does gets me to a screen, but my choices are <nothing> or 'S' (for I forgot what), or ESC, all of which get me nowhere ...
the CD's I'm using are 'Microsoft Windows XP Proffessional with Service Pack2' dated November 2004. I have been able to use them on multipal computers as each time one dies and is replaced, I reuse the the operating system (and serial number) from the dead one.
I know that I'm wandering, but I buy these things to use, not to work on, and am thus pretty well lost. btw the freaking thing cannot find the internet thru the wireless router but can access my other computers. the wired connection works when forced to (not very windows7 friendly). My girls walk in here and their Apples connect effortlessly first time, every time..... Yes, my real problem is getting XP installed.