I selected Last Known Good Configuration, and after the Welcome to Windows XP screen came on with the progress bar underneath, the same thing happened - it restarted and I was back to the last menu option. This time, I selected "Start Normally" and the computer was just "stuck".
Now, I can open my computer in Safe Mode, though I don't think I can access the internet through Safe Mode (I tried to use Safe Mode with networking but my internet wouldn't connect), so I'm currently using my wife's laptop to post this. I have no idea where to even start. I was going to delete Real Player but I honestly don't think that that was the problem.
Is this malware or a virus? Nothing at all had been acting strange recently; I would have no way of even suspecting anything was wrong from a malware/virus standpoint.
Edit - This time I started it up and hit F10 for Recovery, and it had me run diagnostic tests...my Hard Drive failed the following:
-Random Seek Test
-Funnel Seek Test
-Surface Scan Test
-Surface Scan Test 2
Is that as bad as it sounds?
Edited by tsquared56, 25 January 2009 - 05:43 PM.