A better link? I'll have to check it out. Never heard of Microsoft KB. Yea, ADS can definitely slow down your computer, and my computer is already slow as it is...
You are so right. Life is a learning process, and not just for the subject of computers...
I am completely speachless. I am at a loss for words. I don't know what to say. And, I am frankly surprised. This is one of THE best responses that I have ever got on ANY forum. Not only is it informative, it also has a definitive logic to the specific sequential order that is needed for completion.
But I must say, your high intellect has come just in time, for I have officially just ran out of ideas, unless you count rereading the instructions for the Plop program and retesting this program and the DOS one that I have again.
Here's what I have done since I talked to you last:
--I got a power cord for my Dual USB Card
--I tested the Dual USB Card on the Dell [the good working computer], hooked to my external CD Drive, and it works! Without the power cord, it didn't detect before!!
--I installed DOS on the Compaq hd internally in the Dell, from the DOS boot CD. I installed it twice, but it still failed to run. It also wanted to install the Linux package with a "yes" or "no" do you wish to proceed, and I couldn't cancel it with a "no", as I was returned to the same menu asking me "yes" or "no". When I reboot, the DOS boot CD was still in the CD Drive and loaded with autoboot, so I chose boot with harddisk [which means hd right?], and froze [its possible that I should have waited a REALLY long time for it to complete, though it showed no progress]. When I restarted it again with and without the CD, now it returns a black screen with a blinking cursor about 10 lines down. My DOS boot disk failed. Note: this is not the one you suggested.
--I took the Compaq hd from the Dell and put it back in the Compaq. When booted, it returned a black screen with a blinking cursor.
--I plugged in the Dual USB Card with the external CD Drive attached, into the Compaq. The external CD Drive is not detected. Conclusion: I think the Dual USB Card needs "drivers" to BE detected, and without an OS, the computer can't read it -- how unfortunate; would have had it. So, so, close...
--I popped the Compaq hd back in the Dell and installed Windows on it. So I know that the XP CD is good, and that there is nothing wrong with it. I'm starting to narrow down the possibilities now with deductive reasoning logic. And just in the off chance of some fluke or other, I return the hd back to the Compaq and test all of my autoboot CDs with the seated CD Drive AND the external CD Drive.
--I try my luck, and since both devices [the Dual USB Card and the external CD Drive] both use a 5 DC volt, and have the same type of connector, I switch the power cord to the external CD Drive with a 4 USB hub and take out the the Dual USB Card, but the plug doesn't fit all the way in and appears to still only be getting minimal power, as the CD Drive keeps spinning and sounding like its still trying to load. No luck!!!
riider, I cannot begin to tell you how much your respose means to me. Compared to your previous responses, this looks like it is the awakening of your soul, of your spirit. This says something more than just about how to fix my computer. It says something about you. You have proven that you have character. This response indicates that your intellect is higher than most people and that you are not a 15 year old kid. Your mature attitude shows the signs of kindness. And you obviously have to have great patience to put up with me.
And I'm sure this is the right answer riider -- that it will fix my computer. So even if I sign off of this forum for a while, I just want you to know riider, that I will always value you as my friend when I return to this forum again some time in the future. But my computer isn't fixed, so I'll keep you posted on my progress. It was nice talking to all of you computer guys and it was fun to have a bunch of cyberbuddies. I did not mean to upset anybody, and was authentically trying to be friends with people if I could.
I know I may have sounded stupid at times because I didn't know things and it could have been done another way a whole lot easier, but I wanted to learn. I wanted to learn how to do things that I've never done before, and to test out new ideas instead of doing things a certain way that I try things all the time. I wanted to bounce ideas off of people. I wanted to learn things. And I liked having cyberfriends to talk to. So you can call me whatever you want. But I thirst for knowledge like a parched man crawling through the desert. And I enjoy chatting in the company of people who have a higher than average IQ like me, and who like computers. Do not hold this against me.
Jolicloud, you are my friend.
riider, you are my friend.