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1st make sure the USB port works (try plugging it into a differant USB port, if that still gets no results try installing the driver again that may make all the difference in the world atleast it won't hurt to try
Power led on the front of the tower, it should be solid green when on. Flashing Amber is generally an indication of a bad power supply inside the tower
Power LED Solid AMBER indicates system is not finishing the power on self test (POST) and you remove all connections from the tower except power and try turning on again. If no change, remove all PCI and PCI-E cards from system, try again, no change replace motherboard.
On the back of the tower are 4 diagnostic LEDs near the ps2 ports marked ABCD, after the POST, during a normal boot the will flash in several sequences and with boot is finished all 4 should be green. If they stop an a different pattern, then that indicates a failure Yellow Yellow Green Green indicate bad RAM for example
If the LEDs on front and back are Green then the system appears to be booting but the monitor display is not functional
Go to system properties by right clicking my computer and selecting properties. Select the advanced tab then under start up and recovery click the settings box. Untick automatically restart under system failure.
Now try the floppy drive again and instead of rebooting the PC should throw up a blue screen with a STOP error on it. Note down the stop error code and let me know or google the error which should point you in the right direction to help you solve this issue.
What are the service lights doing on the back of the PC, two green two yellow, should be something to this affect,4 lights. Try your install again and see what the lights are doing when the error appears. Now take your service tag and go to dell.com. and see what the error lights means.
Remember Xp is the only operating system that can be run on this pc.
If it was a hard drive problem,the last thing you do is try to install a OS, you get a hard drive diagnostic disk from dell, or get HDD regenerator 1.5.1, its free, it checks the hard drive for bad sectors and can repair them,so you can get your important info off of them, because if it had bad sectors, the problem will just come back. So its better to get a new one.
You can move it but you have to remember that its going to have different hardware then your dell 4300 so it might require you to install drivers for the hardware that windows XP pro can't recognize. Keep that in mind so as long as you know where to go to get drivers for the hardware in that other machine, it won't be a problem.
the problem with using a hard drive that has a preexisting installation of windows is that you may run into architecture problems (different CPUs can cause this), or hard drive controller problems. Your best bet is to install XP again from the install disk, and call windows; from my experience they have just given me a new installation key.