Re: unable to boot past floppy
you dont have to have windows installed or anything else to see the bios. the bios is contained in a chip on your motherboard.
yes try F12 or F11.
you should have some sort of bios/boot screen. if you dont, start yanking components and reinstall them.
then try again.
pull one stick of ram, see what happens when you have no hard drive connected, etc etc.
do you get any beeps when you power the system on?
formatting a hard drive is basically as easy as installing it in your system, use your XP install disc, make sure you are set to "boot from CD", and it will basically give you a step by step instructional on how to do it.
it seems your problem isnt formatting the HDD, its that you dont see your bios screen.
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