|OtheHill, thank you for your reply and guidance. |
I ran an hd test and it stated that the drive only had 80 days before it was to go bad. Along these lines, I was having problems with the system crashing and booting properly. I was able to boot it up in safe mode but was never able to diagnose the problems. I called e-machines tech support and they suggested that I replace the hard drive.
The Windows XP cd is a full version with a serial number. Since it did not work on the E-machine I tested it on another PC i have and it installed withut any issues.
The new hard drive for the e-Machine is an ATA drive.
I hope this proves useful...