And if the XP CD doesn't boot, maybe a very old CDROM drive. Both are pretty cheap compared to a new computer.
YES, someone may suggest a CD LENS CLEANER but I can buy a DVDRW for the same price!
Upon my arrival home today, my son told me the computer wouldn't boot. It shows the message: "Searching for boot record IDE-O...OK, but does nothing else. I tried the Windows XP Pro CD I purchased a few years ago, but it won't read it.
Don't know what else to do!!