Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:58 AM
I have a custom built PC, it's less than a year old. The oldest piece if one of my HDs, it is about 3 or 4 years old or so.
I just went on vacation, and when I got back, the computer would freeze on the windows boot screen, the one with the scrolling blue bar.
I tried reinstalling Windows XP Pro, multiple times, and it would do the same thing.
I deleted the partition, reformatted the drive (after recovering the important files), and reinstalled XP. I am actually using it right now.
The problem is that no matter what route I take, after I install SP2, my computer refuses to move past the boot up screen. I would operate without SP2, but a lot of current software needs it to function properly.
At this moment, I don't have any anti spyware installed, because when I do install it, it says it needs sp2 to run, and when I try to install sp2, the computer freezes.
It even freezes when I try to boot in safe mode after sp2, and when I check "try last good configuration", it freezes, and starts an endless restart loop.
Has anyone heard of this crap before? Is my copy of XP bricked? Is there a virus that can only function when sp2 is running? And if so, why didn't deleting the partition and reformatting the HD do the trick?
Please help! I'm kinda a geek, but this is really getting me frustrated the the point of loud cursing.