Sounds like a nightmare, as Bob said the 6 floppy thing is not for the faint of heart. There is/was and OLD trick we used to use in the days of yore, in fact I did this with an acer Xp laptop last summer. IF you can get your hands on an OLD (2004 or earlier) Norton A/V disk and your drive (CD/DVD) is functional, stuff the A/V disk in and give it a shot, the OLD Norton A/V disks had boot capability, beyond 2004 they do not. I know it sounds goofy but I have done it on more than one occasion with positive results...if the issue is a boot problem.