Firstly, let me apologise for the obscenely long post. Secondly thank you for reading it!
I'm having a rough time with my pc. Was running a deep virus/spyware/malware scan 4 days ago that was running upwards of 7 1/2 hrs, it then started smoking and the case got hot so i switched it off. I checked inside and got rid of lots of built up dust and fluff and waited for the system to cool down. I tried it again and the PSU started to HISS! With trepidation I managed to boot into windows before it restarted itself so i tried safe mode and it was fine, apart from the noise coming from the tower, but it only lasted a few minutes before i got the first STOP error. IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL 0x0000000A (0xCB00DE8B, 0X00000002, 0X00000000, 0X8081682D)
I've bought a new decent PSU and it now boots without smoking and smelling and hissing! But still not reaching anywhere near a useable state. I've rebooted, like, a hundred times (sometimes it boots further), but I can't get to safe mode, normal mode or XP Boot diskette or boot the XP genuine cd-rom. Sometimes the cd gets to the part of the setup process jus before it asks me to accept the EULA, but each instance i get the above error message.
I've read up lots of threads, on different sites (incl.google) and tried everything I can think of doing but still no luck!
Its got to the point where I don't think I care about installing XP over the top of itself and losing files etc.
I've had this problem once or twice before but couldn't remember what I did to fix it. Somebody mentioned it may be a bad RAM problem but I've not had that kind of problem before (even though I looked into it during the last time) and I'm hoping I don't now. Can't afford it.
IS there anything I CAN do?
Many thanx in advance