|I must assume it did work a short time ago and now it doesn't. |
It means for some reason the computer can't boot from the hard drive. (bios only if you played with it usually but could be)
Either the hard drive is bad, power or some cable to drive is bad, or data on the drive is bad.
Boot to the xp cd and see if you can try a "repair". See this link. http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topi...
1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.