This is really screwed. I accidently broke a component in the inside of the drive and now its ruined and I have to buy another cd drive. But thats not the worst of it. . Before this happened I was fooling around with partition magic (an execellent program if I may add) and I accidently deleted my boot.ini file on a separate partition. Now that wouldnt be that much of a problem condidering as how all I do in a situation like that is boot into the recovery console and do a bootcfg /default or fixmbr command and have it booting up in no time. Its happened many times before so I was prepared for that. What I wasnt prepared for is my long fingernail breaking off a plastic component peice in the cd drive. Actually the xp boot disk was kinda dirty so before I put it in I decided to clean it off when alcohol, then since I was doing that I decided to clean the bottom part of the cd drive off a little because it was dusty, but I never should have tried to stick my fingers in the inside of it.
What saved my tail was my western digital hard drive boot floppy. After about 7 hours of trying to get it to work I remebered I had that rescue floppy. The problem was I had taken the label off, I dont remember why. So I had to put in one floppy at a time out of about 90 floppy disk I have, and finally I was able to load the diagnostic software from the floppy and fix the mbr.
Xp should have an option to boot into dos like you could in win 98 or other earlier editions of windows.
And yes my cd drive is still broken, luckily my o.s. can work without one for now.