If I am not in the correct place, please bump and I ask your forgiveness for messing up your day with an ill-placed post.
Hello and thank you in advance for being able to assist in any way with this issue.
I have a very old machine. It's a Compaq SR1503WM, all OEM hardware. I received it from the owner that bought it from the store. I didn't have it long before I got an error message about the hal.dll file missing. I fixed that issue. It is just a machine I use to put some light emulators on for classic roms. It has no internet, not even a wireless card. (I'm saying this to assist you in ascertaining that this is NOT a virus, malware, spyware, adware, ect)
It was running fine until it suddenly began restarting, booting, being on Win Xp for about one minute, then doing it all over again. I gave it a hard shut down to stop the loop and restarted. At this point, the fans would rev, then slow (no bios noises) and the light on the front with flash 6 times, rest, 6 times, rest, ect. At this point I cracked the case, checked my seating, heat syncs, reseated everything, and removed a stick of ram that I had put in it at first (which worked at that time) when I received it. After reseating and removing the newer stick of ram, it would come on, at least, but it came up to a message that windows could not start because I was missing my windows/system32 files.
I know that was a long preamble to my question, please forgive. My question is...is there a problem in my operating system, or is there a problem in the drive or bios? I don't understand why a clean machine with no internet access keeps giving me this problem at random intervals. This is the third time!
Any information would be most appreciated. I'm at my wit's end. Thank you!