Posted 14 July 2008 - 04:22 PM
I'm not really sure when this problem started happening, or why, but it seems my computer is dead.
Here's the problem: Whenever I boot, the system hangs up at the processor screen, before the Windows XP (Service Pack 2). I think it runs completely through its start-up processes, because sometimes I hear the Windows login audio, but I have no way of knowing for sure because I am only left to stare that the CoreCell screen. This happens about 85% of the time I try to boot up my computer. !0% of the time, I don't even make it to the processor screen, and it sounds like my DVD drive is spinning on and off. The remaining 5% of the time, it boots normally, and I fear shutting it down because I might never make it back onto my desktop.
The last time I did make it to my desktop, I defragmented my hard drive, as sort of a stress test. It passed, but I'm not really sure that I accomplished anything. It's gotten to the point where I just decided to back everything up with the hope of reformatting everything and installing Ubuntu until I can have my Windows XP disc mailed up to me, but my problems only worsen there. I can't boot from the Live CD, because it seems that my DVD drive doesn't want to read anything now.
Is there any way I can run a diagnostic to find out what is going on, without needing to make it past that initial processor screen?
I appreciate your help. If you'd like any additional information, I'll do the best I can to supply you with what I know.