Posted 10 April 2005 - 01:28 PM
I'd like to help, chrisl.
If I faced a similar situation I'd want to know more before I began to deal with it.
Mainly because I would be considering re-format/re-partitioning and reloading the OS.
Having faced a similar dilema myself, it doesn't necessarily mean I could advise you
in exactly what to do, without knowing what I generally do about my own.
Best thing would be to provide a list of what you have to work with:
PC type is IBM, but what model & specifications?
WindowsXP pro = OS, but is it pre-loaded or do you have a CD?
Do you have any boot disks?
Can you access your BIOS?
Try power on (several times) and note any sounds made.
Note any consistant performance factors, for example:
the time it takes to get to the black screen in seconds
anything other than just a plain black screen?
any thing else?
patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...