I turn on my computer ... Do some homework, play a couple games ... It's fine. I turn it off again.
Next morning: I turn it on, log in to my WinXP account. Wait for my antivirus and stuff to load. Still waiting. And waiting.
Nothing happens. I move the mouse around, at least that still works. Scrolling over stuff has no effect, nothing lights up. None of my system tray items load, except for maybe 3. My taskbar, desktop background, and desktop items load. I cannot do anything except move the mouse around ... Clicking does nothing.
I restart my computer, and try again. Maybe it was some strange hardware fault. Same thing happens.
I restart my computer, but stay on the login screen. The same thing happens, except, of course, it's on the login screen.
I try safemode. It comes up with a black screen filled with white text of a bunch of drivers. I leave it there for about 20 minutes. When I go back to check, it's still there.
I try starting with last know working configurations. Windows starts up fine, but it freezes as normal.
By this time I'm convinced it's not a virus, but rather a hardware problem, since I'm unsure if viruses can do anything before you even log in. Maybe it's possible.
I leave it for a couple months, asking my computer-savvy friends and doing some research. I try again a couple months later. Same effect.
About a week later, my computer friend is over. I try to log in. My keyboard no longer works, but it isn't broken. The lights on it are still on. I believe some sort of virus has deleted my keyboard's registry file (I think that's what it's called). I know how to fix this, but unfortunately I have about 30 seconds after logging in to do so. Not nearly enough time.
At this point I'm convinced it can't be a hardware problem, but rather a virus.
There is one other possibility that I see, is completely my fault. I had Windows Defender, McAfee Total Protection, Nod32 Trial, and possibly one more antivirus running at the same time. I now know that this is apparently suicidal. PLEASE don't rub it in.
After running a couple more tests, it does not freeze on the F8 screen. The keyboard works on the F8 screen, and I could feel a little bit of a current and the air was colder at the back of my PC, indicating the fan was working.
All I would like to know is if I could wipe my disk without it freezing. I will post back when I get results from my 'tests'.
If you have any other ideas, PLEASE let me know.
Edited by Peterabott, 10 May 2008 - 12:27 PM.