WinXPSP3 Boot issue after installing MP codec

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
December 2, 2010 at 01:58:31
Specs: Windows XP, pentium dual-core
I have Dell--INSPIRON-1525 laptop PC with default hard ware of same model and WinXP-PRO-SP3 installed. It was working fine yesterday when I tried to play a file with Win Media player which gave the message acquiring license... after that I was asked to download some CODEC file form internet.I downloaded that same, agreed to run that and after running that; immediately system did restart....
DELL logo appeared to the screen followed by a blinking dash with black screen on top left corner. After that nothing happened. I wasn't able to go to safe mood either for any troubleshooting.
Now I'm completely helpless and want to solve the issue myself with your help.
I 'm not sure it is a problem with HD (Hard drive) or MBR (master boot record) or any other thing.I tried to search the problem via internet as well on other PC. But.. all the similar questions doesn't give me a click to start with. One time before my problem was solved by someone on and now I faced a problem again and have posted here.
Please some one give me a smart solution for it whatsoever is that.
Please hurry up I'm desperately waiting for you. Thank you

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December 13, 2010 at 07:48:40
Start with testing the hard drive and ram. Use seagate seatools bootable iso for the hard drive test (should take about an hour depending on size) and memtest bootable iso for ram test (should take less time but it also depends on size of ram). It sounds like a hardware issue so post what you find after you do the tests.

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