|Coming a little behind the others here; but possibly these links may be of interest. The first one seems to suggest that Dell didn't provide a restore disk set; just a recovery partition? However when one reads the Dell user-guide for the 610 it refers to an XP CD and another CD too... So did you not receive a couple of disks way back when (and possibly they are now misplaced)?|
Stil have a look-see at the following and possibly a solution will begin to emerge?
- and this came from amongst the humungous support items for your 610:
There is a section on re-installing XP etc... provided you have the Dell provided XP setup disk (or another one of the same type, preferably not Dell badged/branded,nor any other maker either...).
There is also a complete service manual download too - should that be of use/interest - at the same support area.
At the least you can download "everything" it seems - other than the actual OS itself from Dell support Downloads for the 610. However if you have (know) the key for your XP installation (and likely it's an OEM) then you can use that key with any OEM XP disk to rebuild your system; after-which you instal the assorted drivers etc -(all available at the Dell site above)? An OEM ISO can be (legally) downloaded variously; or borrow an unbranded/unbadged one which copy and use that copy - with your key.
By "crapped out etc." what exactly is the problem?
Also can you boot up at all and access your personal files etc.? If so then do so and copy all that personal stuff to external storage (typically dvd and another external hard drive too if possible; Verify the copies are OK on at least one other working system. Then set about resolving the problems that exist - knowing personal stuff is safe elsewhere.
If your 610 cannot boot up properly - even in safe-mode - then use a Linux dvd to boot up and copy/save files etc. that way. Will it boot into safe-mode?
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