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That's a well known error.
It's been traced to a bad burned CD to an over heated CPU. The P4 3GHz was one hot CPU.
Did you try replacing the heatsink compound and leaving the cover off?
PS. No to the USB question.
No need to duplicate that answer. Many have tried.
It sounds like you don't have a legal copy of XP
There's no such thing as
Microsoft XP Home Edition for Ultra Low Cost PCs SP3. So it sounds like you have an illegal copy of XP. If that's the case, I'm afraid you're on your own unless you get a legal copy. Also if you installed it once with your CD, then you say you don't have the CD, I'm afraid I don't understand that either.
Actually it was a legit CD
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/2008/apr08/04-03xpeos.aspx and many other places.
The error is very well known and the ugly part is that I find folk losing all their remaining hair trying anything other than the known cures. Some try the USB, some find other CDs (great way to make it worse) and some want to avoid the usual issues of media, drives and doing the heatsink work.
Someday I'll understand why folk do that.
If you find out Bob, maybe you can find out...
...why so many people fail to back up their data while you're at it. If you do, let me know!
When MS pulls the plug on XP in another 8 months, you know there'll be some REAL moaning & groaning.
The plug is already out.
But there is no sign that activation and the update servers are going down.
I backed up my data from 5150 to cd previous to anything.
I am afraid I know nothing of 'heat sink work'.
Also, only the network connection is malfunctioning.
The error above has been traced to a few causes.
As noted. And if the File ASMs issue occured during/after install I know of no quick fix other than to start over after I corrected the heat, CD or CD drive issues.
I purchased this dell 5150 several years ago. I have two os disks. I must have received one with the computer, then ordered one online. Were they both pirated?
Would the dell os disk state 'dell' on the label? Precisely what disk title should I be seeking?
I have the key code from the top of the computer case; can I not obtain a copy of the os using this? Where do I get a legal copy, and how can I be sure it is legal? Is MS the only reliable source?
Now you're talking about a Dell disk for the first time. That's another one than you mentioned in your first post, I think. Does that fail also? With what error message?
Both disks appear identical, with same label and part numbers.
All seems normal on this pc except for ? in device manager for 802.11 LAN adapter and Multimedia Video Controller. Drivers were downloaded/installed for both of these, in proper order. No other problems in device manager.
There was no indication of error with os install.
However network connections does not show wireless connection, only LAN. Expected if software is missing?
All other drivers installed without difficulty.
I should also mention that network connection was functional before clean os install.
Re: no wireless connection on Dell
It could be the wireless switch (a physical switch somewhere on the laptop) is set to off. And it could be that you forgot to install the Dell program that activates wireless if you press the right function key (like Fn+f8). And it could be that you installed that program, but didn't run it by pressing that function key.
-My dell 5150 is a desktop
-There is no wireless switch
-"And it could be that you forgot to install the Dell program that
activates wireless if you press the right function key (like Fn+f8). And
it could be that you installed that program, but didn't run it by
pressing that function key."
I have installed NIC driver files from different sources. To which program do you refer, specifically?
Dell's app I continue to bump into is called...
That's no driver. It's an app that does, well, Dell tells what it does.
I like your journey and comments so far. It's been over a decade of Windows XP yet folk continue to find out how frustrating XP can be.
What do you think? Is it time to draw the curtains on this system?
I cannot afford to draw the curtains, unless this 'refurbishment' is, in fact, impossible.
Perhaps I should just junk this computer and give up.
Try to create an install plan and clean the heatsinks, drives and put on fresh compound. That's no cost for you to make a new install plan and 1 to 2 bucks of compound.
I still have no knowledge of how to accomplish this.
Which is why my friends make good money from XP!
I no longer run a service shop but my buddies in that business tell me they get from 50 to 120 bucks for such a plan.
I am retired; thus little $ to spend and too much time on my hands.
I cannot afford to upgrade.
Thus I am fooling with this obsolete dell computer, perhaps in vain.