|I really appreciate all the response. |
DerbyDad: I did get to that second screen you were asking about. I tapped F8 before I got to the eMachine page and it brought up different black page with white MSDOS writing. That is where I had those 4-5 choices to choose from, which looped be back to the very original black screen with the white writing. The CD's that I borrowed from my neighbor...The one that is labeled "Operating System" does have a Dell logo on it. The other one says Microsoft on the top and the bottom says Microsoft Windows XP Professional and has a long key code on it. Has a large Microsoft/Windows logo, nothing else on the CD.
XP User: As for waiting 10 minutes or so, that didn't work. It only gives you about 45 seconds(it actully shows you a countdown of seconds) to select one of the actions. If you don't select an action it will automatically choose the one that is highlighed(normal start) then it looks like it is starting, takes you to the eMachine logo, then takes you back to the original black screen with the MSDOS white writing. We went out to lunch and ran a few errands, came back home and the computer was still automatically looping about every 45 seconds.
My son had a bright idea(ha) that putting one of his game CD's would magically fix the computer. When I took it out and tried to turn the computer manually off for the night It had a new screen on it...
Phoenix BIOS 4.0 Release 6.0
...System RAM passed
...Cashe SRAM Passed
System BIOS shadowed
Video BIOS shadowed
Fixed Disk 0: Maxtor 2f040j0
ATAPI CD ROM:TSSTcorp CD/DVDW SH-S182D
0251: System CMOS Checksum bad-default configuration used
Press <DEL> to set up, <F2> to resume
What does this mean and what should I choose????