Thanks again for your replies.
First, Triple6, yes you have straight. Right down to the point of fact that I CAN boot to Safe Mode. I don't know a lot at all about XP, but I could not find anything indicating anything wrong, as in cking DM and the help part. I have 98 up and running on it right this minute, as in this pc I am on now. As far as the rebooting unexpectedly, as far as I can recall, it rebooted each time it said it was going to, nothing out of sorts to make note of. It offers the boot menu the very first time, AFTER it installs, and every other time after that. I remembered the first time I tried to install, it was on a fdisked and formatted HD. After the 2nd time I attempted the install, complete with being offered the boot menu in the end, I remember cking the HD, I thought using FDISK,( I may have booted with a floppy?) and seeing the 2 partitions I had created during setup. One is like 8.5 or so GB, and the other is a lil over 34, and they were NTFS.
The comment about the video card caught my attention for a couple of reasons. One is that this video card was involved in a lightening struck and killed everything but the memory sticks(sdram) and, supposedly, the video card incident. I have replaced all as previously mentioned, EXCEPT the video card, which as of this moment has an issue with it. The screen, instead of scrolling up or down in the "normal" manner, seems more to "wash" down. When I click in this quick reply box, it moves "normally". When I click to scroll this page, it moves in the same kind of manner as it will when using a wheel mouse and you click the wheel with the pointer in the window area, you can move the mouse up or down and make the screen ease up or down at the preferred rate of speed. Not a good description, but its just not smoothe.
The 2nd part of the video thing is that at one point in trying to figure out the problem, I used Everest, or SANDRA one and I remember seeing a remark about something not being set correctly, in the BIOS. I will look into this further for sure. I remember cking and NOT seeing anything that I could change that would help, but I will look again.
I will not be on for awhile as we start getting the 2 little ones ready for their bedtime, so I won't be able to reply to any questions too quickly.