|I looked at the general specs for that Dell model. You may or may not have a SATA hard drive. However, if it is 40GB I think it must be IDE/ATA type, not SATA. |
Either way may not make a difference for the purpose of solving your issues.
5/6 hours to install WinXP is WAY too long. I think something must be wrong with your hardware or install CD.
You evidently had a different thread going on this computer. Did anyone suggest that maybe the tray was simply hidden?
To find out, move the cursor slowly up and down at the bottom of the screen. You are looking for a double headed arrow. If that appears hold down the left mouse button and drag upward.
By all means install the drivers from the Dell site. I don't know if that could cause the current issue. And the drivers have nothing to do with the excessive installation time.
How much memory is installed in the computer?
Watch the POST screens at start up to determine many of your hardware specs.
If you don't see any POST screens then boot into the BIOS (setup) screens and disable fast boot and any logos listed. Save upon exiting. The POST screens should then show.