You can get into the CMOS\Bios, did you see if your hard drive is detected? Have you checked the IDE connections to make sure they haven't come loose? I am a bit confused as your title says, xp starts but IE won't come up. Now, in your post it sounds like you have no XP at all? Could you verify this please?
Thanks , Paul
i defraged my computer one evening and the next day when i started it up, hp invent came up, and the only thing i get on the screen is " operating system not found. there is nothing installed in the floppy, cd rom or dvd writer.i can get the bios to come up by using f1 key. i tryed a hard start, checked the connectors on the mother board and the hard drives. last year i installed a 160gb as the master and moved the 40gb to the slave and it has been working great. we have been on dialup and this spring, sprint offered us a broadband modem and it works great. i can still use the internet on our laptop. thanks, glen