I didn't realize how big your problem was until I read this. Glad I asked for the info, because I thought about your situation after my first post and realized that your computer PROBABLY was booting itself into "safe mode" due to something going wrong.
Lets see what we can do here..."im having more problems than this. programs wont open its running slow and i used to have service pack 2 xp pro but for some reason i now have 1..."
This indicates that you probably did one of the following:
- You borrowed or have an original version of Windows XP prior to Service Pack 2 being released.
- You inserted the original restore CD that came with your computer and it booted, giving you the option to restore your system to factory defaults.
- You booted from a Windows XP CD and installed a "clean" version of Windows on your computer.
None of the above is a problem, but if you did any of these, it means that you have to "build" your version of XP back up to where it should be."i tried installing service pack 3 but i couldnt do it. it stops half way through. i installed the updates first and everything. i tried burning it with nero and using the disk to get sp3 and i also tried getting it from the microsoft website, but that didnt work and i tried each one twice."
This happens for several reasons. My guess is the following is true:
"for some reason i am also missing "windows componets" the pop up says..."
- When you restore your computer to the "Original" version of Windows XP, it automatically installs Internet Explorer Version 5 or 6 - both of which are no longer supported by Windows Update. You must upgrade to IE6 Service Pack 1 or IE7 in order to download the Windows Components necessary to get the updates needed to install service packs.
- You must be running Windows XP Service Pack 2 in order to successfully install Service Pack 3. If there are no service packs installed or you are running SP1, installation of SP3 will fail. (The reason rolls back to Item 1 above.)
- The Microsoft Update website will break your download of any service pack if you do not have at least IE6 Service Pack 1 and the correct Windows Components installed.
See explanation above..."and when the computer first turns on there are a couple pop ups thats say something like could not finish loading disk. when i close them they pop right back up. i have to hold down alt f4 for about 8 seconds to make them go away, but when i boot back up, there they are."
Sounds like you are using a keyboard combination to bypass startup error messages and the system is booting into "safe mode"."about my monitor, its a dell, but not really sure wich one. its about 17 inches long and 2 inches thick. its not new. the computer is a dell dimension 3000. got it a few years ago. i have windows xp pro and when i went to display adapters i read that i have a intel®82865G graphics controller. i went to the intel website and it said that everything was up to date.
There are several issues we have to resolve in order to get your computer system back to normal operation.
I need to know if you can turn your computer on and have it go all the way through loading Windows XP (you should see a black screen, followed by a screen with a "Windows XP" logo and a floating status bar below the logo), followed by a blue screen and the Windows XP login window.
If your computer gives you any error of any kind between turning it on and getting to the login screen, post the error message here for me.
I'll help you as fast as I can, but it sounds like you wiped your system and started from scratch.Edit:
Edited to remove unnecessary quote. ~tg