I thought that it might be a hard drive issue, so I tried a non-destructive system restore. (As the manufacturer did not provide me with an XP disk, I had to use the system restore disks that the PC came with) However, halfway through this process, the PC shut itself down again. It took several tries before the machine stayed on long enough for the process to finish, only now the registry for Windows has become corrupted. I could fix this if I could just get the computer to stay on long enough to let me do so!
I haven't noticed any symptoms of a serious problem. My screen has been flickering, but the same problem two years ago turned out to be the result of a faulty back light, so I decided to ignore it in favor of coaxing as much life from the light as I could. My computer has also been running a bit slower lately, but I chalked that up to the fact that I run Photoshop and several other programs simultaneously. Also, I haven't installed any new hardware/software or contracted any viruses recently.
EDIT: Also, since the crash the battery has been in a constant state of recharge despite the fact that I have the machine plugged into AC power. Without the battery, the computer won't start at all. This is the same outlet that I've had the PC plugged into for the last six months, and none of the other items plugged into it (monitor, phone, hard drive, etc) showed any signs of going kaput.
Edited by Captain Carrot, 15 March 2009 - 02:47 PM.