jee, no kidding, actullay that is exactly what I've done, after pressing f6, then s, when asked, I then stick floppy in and select the winxp drives. yes i have tried the 2000 and the nt, get same error except it says 2000client or ntclient, respectivly. it is after it LOADS the drivers that i get the error message. but thanks anyways. anyone else have an idea?