This is on a HP computer with a 2.6ghz AMD Phenon 9500 processor.
4096mb/pc2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM
Nivida 460GTX graphics card, and a 650watt power supply.
The computer started doing this a few weeks ago. I ran a diagnostic check, and everything checked out fine.
I was able to do a system restore [although it took overnight] back to a weak before the problem with no luck.
Here is the question can I buy a hard disc of Vista, and reinstall it, and get everything back? I do have a external drive that was NOT connected when the problem occurred [last time the external drive was hooked to the computer was at least a month, or so before the problem].
I did try another hard drive from another computer running XP [the hard drive had the "blue screen of death"], and borrowed a hard disc of XP, and configured the boot to load from CD/DVD, but it didn't seem to recognize the CD player. I don't know if this is because this hard drive was from another computer, or not, but XP wouldn't load.
So now you understand why I'm sceptical about buying a hard disc of Vista as it could be money wasted. However, since my computer had Vista installed from the factory it might work, and recognize the CD player???
I would just buy another computer, but I don't know if my external drive would work to restore all of my saved info [pictures, songs, etc] as its all ran by Vista, and most new computers have Win 7 or 8.
Thanks in advance.