|Derek, thanks for replying so soon.|
The Boot Manager reads as follows:
1) USB 0: WDC: WD1600BEVR22ZCT0
2) USB CDROM: SAN DISK CRUZER
3) NETBOOK BOOT: ATHEROS BOOT AGENT
4) USB HDD: TOSHIBA MK802GAX
5) USB HDD: SANDISK CRUZER
First position, I believe is the HDD. Second is a Flash drive that I couldn't access. 3rd position is the Atheros Boot Agent. 4th position is the external DVD drive.
When I finished the wipe and rebooted, it was the Boot Agent that started running. It always concluded with: PXE-M0E: Exiting Intel PXE Rom. No bootable device - insert boot disk and press any key.
It was then that I inserted the XP installation disk, but that simply repeats the PXE narrative over again. I once made a system recovery disk for this computer, but I just can't locate it. If the Boot Agent is referring to some particular boot disk, I think I'm our of luck. The only boot disks I have are for Vista and Win 7. Have tried Win 7 and it seems to start installing, but then recognizes that the netbook can't run Win 7 and stops. I was just trying to find a way to open a command window and hoped I could get there from the Win 7 disk, but NO!!
The thing is that since I erased Windows XP totally when I installed Zorin, the information that a Windows OS disk needs in order to install isn't there anymore, and if it was DBan took care of that by erasing it. I need to re-establish NTFS formatting to the HDD and repair the MBR and then my XP dish might work. At least, that's what I think I need to do.
Do you think this is hopeless?