Okay.... I just might be getting a little smarter....
There's something I've overlooked all this time, which is 0 then Diagnostics. (~lol~ It helps to have a MBR on your drive.) A really *really* nice gentleman in Dell Chat told me to try it.
I had done 1 before, but I really had not paid attention to it & did not know what it was called. (I believe when I updated the BIOS, there was a utility to test the system.)
~lol~ I had erased my MBR ages ago when trying to do a fresh reinstall. It was really funny trying to run Diagnostics w/o the MBR. All I got was a blinking _ on the screen.
Snow was really agreeable today, & she stayed on long enough for me to reinstall Dell Ubuntu 8.04+ LTS or at least for the MBR to get on there.... The computer did turn off but that was after the external DVD player popped out the LTS DVD.
Well, I'm going to try the Diagnostics again, if Snow will stay on long enough. I might have to give her a few hours/days break, though.
Somehow, after dealing with Dell for like 3.5 hrs, I got a dispatch # for the service depot. (I just don't know if I'll get the box.... I'll see how it goes....) ~fingers crossed~
Edit: Snow passed all the diagnostic tests.