|I sent this as a PM but wasn't sure if I could send one this long so I'm posting too:|
I sent it off Friday. You'll probably get it Monday or Tuesday. It's a disk I put together from the ME files I found on an old compaq. If you boot up with it you don't get the 'boot from cd/boot from hard drive' option. It always boots from the cd. So if you boot from it to do the reinstall you of course need to have the cdrom as the first boot device. Then, during the install when it reboots go into cmos/bios setup and set the hard drive as the first boot device because you only want to boot from the cd the first time.
Also you'll need to format the hard drive before doing the install. You should be able to do it from either your boot cd or the ME disk. Just type FORMAT C: and enter at the dos prompt. When it's done you can start the install. Try typing SETUP and enter at the dos prompt. If that doesn't start it type X:\WIN9X\SETUP and enter, where X: is the cdrom drive letter.
The setup routine will load many of the default options like the time zone instead of asking you.
Your product key will probably work with it. If not I'll send you another.
You're not really green until you're soylent green.