XP pro version 2002 and is a 32 bit system. There is no mfg. name to the computer it is a home built computer from parts of other computers and items from Tiger Direct, and was built for me 5 yrs. ago by a friend who said he knew very well the ins and outs of building a computer for me....it worked for about 8 months then issues started ....the smoke cleared and it has been proved not to be true, I have long ago stopped conversing with and going to him for computer help. he can never cure this boot up problem it has.
I have a few docs. and family images that were yet to be saved / backed up, so a complete reinstall is a possibility. see **** below
The problem: The computer will not boot normally, I have had this issue since Nov. 2013 . I have been reading the web for solutions since Nov. 2013 and trying this and that and have made no head way. Tomorrow I will attempt to use GETxPUD on a DVD and boot with that, and see how far I get. I am using my son's computer right now, to type this.
**** Trouble began before I could use my external drive and make a back up. So there is no back up to resort to. when it does make boot progress it some times will get to the screen where the words XP and the colored four window paned window is,with the bar graph below, and that stays on the screen for approx. 30 secs give or take and then the screen goes black. The red HD light on the front of the computer stops blinking then also. I have only been able to get to the screen with the options to boot in safe mode or safe mode with networking or boot normally, etc. etc. if I choose any of the options the screen goes black for hrs. even attempting to get to safe mode!
I have a thumb drive loaded with TLC, combofix, Adwcleaner; TFC; GETxPUD.exe; JRT; and ready to insert it into the computer to run those programs and maybe find a culprit and also cure the boot up issue, but I cannot get to any screen that will allow me to access the thumb drive.
I also cannot get to any screen where I can attempt to run a HD test program to test the health of the HD. By the way It is a MAXTOR IDE HD. and the mother board is a Asis, I believe.
I have tried booting with the rescue disc, and that did not work. I tried booting to last known good date when computer operated well. and that did not work, again the screen went black for hrs.
I am open to any ones help.
I am thinking it may be a driver issue for something installed on the computer, but there is just a HP printer and a HP flatbed scanner and a old Gateway AGP monitor from Goodwill, attached to the computer.
PS: I just had a flash back that the back up drive might have a saved back up of her computer which also is XP just a different version... should it help any, I'll check and verify that tomorrow.