A windows XP SP2 installation takes only 1 CD so I don't understand that "first install disk then stopped asking for SP2"...
Anyways, yes, you need to get another installation disk.
Thanks so much for responding. The automated request for the 2nd disk is for Service Pack 2 (yes I was surprised there was a 2nd disc as well!) Download SP2, loaded and received 'Amass' error - which I think has to do with a mix up in CD drive letters. Anyway, I think I just made a mistake in I ordered new installation disks (probably only 1, right?
Thanks again; I'm likely going to junk the Inspirion soon anyway. I got stubborn and simply could not solve the problem.