|"had to use a system disc repair install..."|
If you mean you booted the computer from an XP CD, and did the Repair installation of an existing Windows installation procedure....
- if the CD does not have SP3 updates integrated into it and if you had SP3 updates installed in Windows, you need to install SP3 updates again to get them to work properly.
If the CD has no SP updates at all, you must install SP1 or SP2 updates before you can install SP3 updates.
DISABLE any resident modules of any anti-malware software programs or third party software firewalls from running BEFORE you install SP updates.
- you may need to install other Windows updates again.
- XP comes with IE 6.x, which is not being supported by a lot of web pages anymore.
Install IE 7 or preferably IE 8 if you still have IE 6.x. SP2 or later updates must have been installed in order to install IE 8.
Is your monitor and video adapter being correctly identified ?
(RIGHT click on a blank area of your main desktop screen - Properties - Settings.
It should show something other than Default or unknown Monitor on (the name of the display adapter.)