Windows XP Media Center Version 2005 with update rollup 2
Dell XPS 410

System will not fully boot to anything. When running Dell utility disk using diagnostics the system displays the title message.

I am unsure if this a harddrive or RAM issue or possible something else?

Please help.

Try running memtest +86 to see if the memory works. If so it is probably a hd issue.

I located this fix in winforums and was able to reformat the hd after this. Turned out to be a bootcfg issue but I could not use the bootcfg /rebuild option. I ran the debug commands after booting to the utility/diagnostics CD.

debug (hit enter, you will only see a dash as a prompt, everything else goes caps, bolded text is what you need to type, remember to hit enter at the end of each line)
-F 200 L1000 0
-A CS:100
xxxx:0100 MOV AX,301
xxxx:0103 MOV BX,200

xxxx:0106 MOV CX,1
xxxx:0109 MOV DX,80

Type 80 for the Main hard drive - HD 0, or type 81 for the Second hard drive - HD 1.

xxxx:010C INT 13
xxxx:010E INT 20
xxxx:0110 (Leave this line blank and press the <Enter> key)

After this just restart the machine and start the install process