Hi ALL, i did as much reading from all
who responded and let me tell u something odd. I was reading links that Hamluis sent at the http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000490.htm..
. and tried the various things there and even the expand one, and i got a access denied. SO, while reading more of what you all wrote, i also started playing with the commands just to see what would happen. I typed logon and it asked for addminstrative password which my pc doesnt have. then I did a chkdsk and it did find an error somewhere but did not list # of it. (I had to keep striking keys on the keyboard because earlier the pc would shut off if no activity was happening)>>>THen i clicked on one of the commands (i forgot what i clicked from the help menu, and the C;\ with the flashing box changed to it saying C:\windows
.....so i again started adding words after it and nothing happened. Now I couldnt get the C:\ by itself . the word "windows" followed it. Well, in frustration, i exited there and when it pc restarted, i decided to try again safe mode. then i clicked last known configuration and VIOLA!!! I got the pc to boot to the desktop. quickly i did a system restore to the 21st of Dec and so far so good. My XP CD is still in the cd drive.
~SHOuld i remove the cd??
~Should i go and buy a external hard drive and copy everything to it just in case this is a wake up call that this is gonna quit on me sometime.
~DId i do anything that could have helped. or was it a coincidence. WEIRD happening. I hope i explained clearly to you.
I dont know, but i get the feeling that i might have this problem again.....just dont know when. ANy ideas what i can do now that I can get to the desktop. can i check anything in control panel or in "run"
THanks for your help & time taken to answer my concern, and your links.