i am having MAJOR issues and any and everyone's help would be SUPER appreciated!! i thought i knew about computers until i had these problems!! i purchased a used Dell Latitude LS from ebay almost a year ago. it was slow and all that, so i asked a friend, an ex-computer something or other, what i should do. he suggested reformatting. he did that and i dont know if u know about the Latitude, but the drives are external. after many attempts at installing windows again via CD-ROM, he contacted Dell and they sent him 12 or so floppy disks...supposedly they are start up disks. nothing works!! he re-somethinged the partitions and now it starts up, DELL flashes across the screen, and then "Missing operating system_" (_= flashing cursor) comes up....thats it...where do i go from here? i've read the manuals and guides and i need this computer up and running ASAP as my job requires it!!! thank you so so so SO much and i hope someone can/will help me!!!