You don't have the right CD/DVDs so look up UBUNTU and make that CD. It will install fine. No, not windows but beats the costs.
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I replaced the hard drive as suggested. I replaced the Hitachi 160GB with a Seagate 250GB. The salesman said it'd be no problem, just put it in and turn it on. The screen comes up, Check Cable connection! PXE-MOF:Exiting intel PXE ROM. No bootable device--insert boot disk and press any key. Problem#1, how do I check cable connection if it's wireless? Problem#2, the boot disk is history, lost, MIA. The new hard drive did not include a boot disk. If I sound like I have no clue as to what I'm doing it's because I don't. I did find a Windows XP home edition disk,(copy) among my pile of junk. Thinking it was my answer to a boot disk I tried to load it, but after it went through the motions, I got a prompt saying Windows was shut down, and I should check for virusis. Since my original problem was that the unit locked up, I'm still not able to anything. At this point I turned it off and find myself requesting help again. I'm willing to give anything a shot. Quitting is not an option. Thanks Al