I`m turning to you in despair, please kindly help me as I am technologically impared .
Briefly, I have a Dell 800 laptop with Windows XP, which now gives me the same dead-end message on a black screen: error loading OS.
Indices: This has happened after I have tried connecting an external hard-drive to my laptop, which didn`t even workout, as it didn`t show up in MY Computer. So I guess this turned my OS upside-down.
Also,what I dubiously did before was that I deleted a Local Documents folder, namedwith many numbers and letters, which I had never seen there before, but I obviouslydid not believe it had any vital functions.
The problem is that I am working abroad and left my installation CD at home.
I have read many solution blogs since,checked all the BIOS, did the check_ups and all the tests, even the hard_drive, passed.