The title says it all. I can OCCASIONALLY get into safe mode but never regular old XP. The system is old, its a Dell, 400 mhz. I've been trying to get them to upgrade but since they barely use it they are reluctant. Anyway, the system goes through all the normal boot and loading screens that we've all seen. It gets to the XP screen (with the blue bar just before the welcome screen) and then it goes black. The monitor remains on so I know it hasn't shut down but it never comes out of the black. I figured something must have gotten deleted and it probably could use a reformat anyway. The next problem is that it won't boot from the CD. I've set all the boot devices to CD but it never even attempts to read the disk, the lights on the drives never come on but the drives are detected in BIOS. I really have never seen anything like this where the system just refuses to do anything. If someone has a fix out there please let me know. If the fix is buy a new one I'll gladly relay that advice as well. Thanks.