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Dell Dimension 8400 PC"s use either Broadcom Extreme Ethernet controllers OR, on SOME models of the 8400 that do NOT have ON-board Ethernet connections, SMC Networks Ethernet Drivers. I've seen MANY a Dell Dimension.
What you need to do and I am sure you have done so already is leave it to load. Give it time as it may be having difficulty processing the operating system.
It is possible that the Microsoft Widows Installation has become currupted, it will therefore need to be repaired with the aid of the Microsoft Windows installation CD.
Contact a computer technician to repair the installation if need be, a repair would simply correct any errors detected by the application therefore keeping your data safe. Run an anto-virus scan to be sure that there are no viruses running.
It sounds like your bios were improperly flashed or went bad. The X300 SE message is your video card. So your video card works, the system mostly works, but the BIOS isn't starting up. You should contact Dell and tell them the situation.
You need to reset your bios settings. Open your case and remove the cmos battery for 10 minutes. Caution: unplug all ac plugs before you open your case. put the battery back in and turn it on you should see an error message saying: you need to set system time and date. If you see this then you have successfully reset your bios settings and the defaults should load up. follow the instructions to change your time and date settings and save. reboot and hopefully you can boot up. I hope this works.