I am running an IBM computer with XP pro on it. It will boot, and at various points, but within a minute, lock up. Most of the time I can get to the screen where you pick a user then go to the desktop and maybe even clik on a few things. I have used a starter program to disable things trying to start up, but it does the same with a boot into safe mode.
Seems the more times in a row I try to start it, the more quickly it shuts down. All fans are running and this is a computer that has been working fine and nothing new has been added. BTW, it does not shut off, everything just locks. Keyboard, mouse, etc. do nothing.
Now for the really strange part. I tried two different anti-virus bootable CD's that boot into linux and run antivirus programs. After a similar period of time, but with these, prior to fully booting, it locks up. One of these has memcheck on it so I booted to the text menu that pops up and started the memory checker. Ran it for about 2 hours with no errors and it did not lock up while running that program. BTW, that CD is the bitdefender rescue CD.
I have done a good bit of computer work for many years but have never run into anything quite like this. Any and all help greatly appreciated.
Edited by wordmaster, 11 June 2009 - 02:25 PM.