I'm running WinXP SP2 on a P4, 1GB RAM; ATI All In Wonder 9600 256MB. AVG anti-virus and Win Defender anti-spyware, both auto updated regularly.
Background: for the past several months I've been noticing some gibberish characters in the POST; also some of my icons both in Windows and inside apps have distorted colors and graphics, but still function OK. This morning the system had rebooted and hung in POST. Rebooted and noticed bad sounds from a HD; turned machine off and let it sit a minute, powered up and system went through POST and hung at Win logo screen. Gibberish characters now more prevalent in POST text and also now in BIOS setup. Pulled video card and replaced it with an older but functional card. All gibberish characters gone, but system proceeds to Win splash screen, progress bar spins for 10 seconds or so, BSOD appears very briefly and then system immediately reboots. Rebooted several more times and problem stays the same.
I thought I'd try a fixmbr command, or do a repair from the Repair Console, but now I cannot boot from the CD. I have checked the BIOS boot order (and even disabled all other options) but when the POST gets to "press any key to boot from CD" it seems the keyboard is nonresponsive at that point in the process. Also--I cannot boot into safe mode (F8 key).
I'm stumped. Any insight would be appreciated.
Edited by Jeff S., 24 November 2007 - 09:38 PM.