Some owners balk at fixing the hardware so let's see if you would fix the hardware here.
IBM made many machines so share the model number or better yet a link to that model.
IBM/ XP pro/ pentium 4/ 8 gig hd
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
You can attempt to repair this file by starting the Windows Setup using the original Set up CD-ROM. Selcect 'r' at the fist screen to start repair.
Sounds simple enough, only problem is the pc will not run or acknowledge the cd-rom. I've tried a diskette and get knocked into dos and all it wants to do is tell me that I'm a bad file destination applicator. I have tried to get into C:drive D:drive didn't know I had a B:drive til now, but A:drive is not much help either. I have only once got into safe mode and I tried to change the a drive startup to d:drive which is my cd-rom but that was of no help either. Could someone instruct me as to what the sam hill I should do here? I turned off a perfectly good working computer one day and turned on to this nightmare the next day. Any advice would be appreciated and thank you in advance to your help.