Originally freezing, currently not starting

October 22, 2010 at 04:05:04
Specs: Windows XP
Hello! My computer is being a ballsack. I run Windows XP,

At first it would freeze within 5 minutes of turning on, this started happening earlier today. I had enough time to try a few things, I used CCleaner and unsuccessfully attempted to run an AVG scan, but eventually all the programs would stop responding and I could only restart by pressing the power button.

I managed to get it into Safe Mode, but this was worse. The log-on screen worked fine, but when I actually got into the safe mode screen it froze almost immediately. When I hovered the mouse over the taskbar, it would show the hourglass symbol. It took at least 5 minutes tfor the desktop icons to appear, and then I couldn't click them.

I tried using System Restore, but it wouldn't work. When Safe Mode starts it asks if I want to use safe mode or system restore - I would indicate I wanted to use system restore, and I would get a blank screen. Again I had to restart using the power button.

At one point I restarted it and Chkdsk began, I was optimistic. I let that do its thing, it finished, computer froze as normal.

I tried unplugging every USB thing I have except my mouse and keyboard, nothing happened. Now it gets to the point during booting up at which it says "Verifying DMI Pool Data, Boot from CD/DVD", then stops, telling me to press ctrl-alt-del.

I would press ctrl-alt-del, but for quite a while my keyboard hasn't turned on until Windows is completely open.

I'm confused. Anyone know what the problem might be here, or what course of action I'm able to take?


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#1
October 22, 2010 at 06:07:00
"what course of action I'm able to take?"
Depends on what level of risk we take.

Do you have all your important stuff backed up ( including emails & address book ) ?


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October 22, 2010 at 06:11:25

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#3
October 22, 2010 at 16:38:40
I tried a repair install. It told me to press any key - which didn't work as the keyboard turns off/doesn't work until Windows has completely loaded. And after a few seconds the same "Read disk error" message came up.

Thanks anyway though - and Johnw I use gmail so all that sort of thing is online, and luckily enough I uploaded my most important files to my gmail a few days ago. There's a lot of stuff on my hard drive I'd be reluctant to lose, but could stand to.


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#4
October 22, 2010 at 17:04:01
'It told me to press any key - which didn't work as the keyboard turns off/doesn't work until Windows has completely loaded.'

Doesn't your PC take a ps2 mouse & Keyboard?

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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#5
October 22, 2010 at 17:05:40
What version of XP?

What service pack is installed?

Does your XP cd have the same service pack included?


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