I am trying to sort out a friend's machine which seems jinxed. Basically I want to reformat the hard drive and reinstall XP. I can get the machine running in safe mode but it hangs frequently and will not reinstall XP from the CD.
So I need to find out how to access the format command in order to reformat the hard drive? I've done it on Win 98 systems but clearly XP is different. Sorry if this seems like an idiot's question - I'd be grateful for any help.
I've downloaded the programme and trid botting from the floppy, but it gets stuck at the CD Rom device driver - device name Tomato, what is this about? - and I don't know how to proceed. Is this software good - it reads well, but that's not the full story!
No its not a USB keyboard. In fact, I just managed at the 20th attempt to type at the A prompt, but unfortunately it claimed my instruction was invalid then it seized up, so I'm back to trying again to get back to the a prompt with a recognised keyboard. This system I'm trying to sort out is seriously deranged - it is so inconsistent!