Okay, I was away for a week, and my computer wasn't turned on for the entire time. It was fine before I left, but last night when I got back the trouble began.
I booted it up, came up normally, and I was checking email. I was working on a reply when the box froze. Reboot, continued working. Froze again, but quicker.
Reboot, this time it got to the end of PageDefrag (which I've been running for 2+ years with no problems), then the video got all bizarre -- flipping, flashing, and half the screen was black.
Reboot, same thing.
Tried Safe Mode, box locked at AtiPcie.sys. Tried Safe Mode with Command Prompt, same thing. I was tired, so I gave up and went to bed.
This morning I tried booting off the XP CD, no joy (yes, I changed the boot order so it would read the CD/DVD drive). Tried booting a few more times, still hangs. Finally got the machine up in Safe Mode with Networking Support. Did some Googling, and that wasn't a lot of help -- everything from HDD failure to video card failure to corrupt video drivers to corrupt XP installation.
One solution suggested it was a tdss virus, so I ran tdsskiller and had no issues.
I was able to get the box up in Safe Mode with Networking, as I said, and was posting with all the specifics, when the screen flashed bright orange, then the entire box shut down. Checked the power supply, reset it (it hadn't tripped itself, but just to make sure I reset it), powered up, and the box shut down almost immediately.
So here's what I remember, sorry I don't have really good specifics...
Home built computer, XP Professional sp3, fully updated as of 8/15/12
ASUS MT something or other motherboard with AMD processor
3.5 GB RAM
Seagate SATA HDD model ST375-something
NVIDIA GeForce 3400 GS video card
This is all new hardware about 2 years old. I sure hope one of y'all can help me figure out how to fix my poor sick box. Meanwhile, I'm going to drag it out and give it a really good cleaning...
Edited by hamluis, 22 August 2012 - 12:09 PM.
Moved from XP to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.