Posted 11 September 2006 - 12:34 PM
What you need to do is you need to boot clean. Or in other words you need to start up in safe mode. You can do this by pushing f8 from safe mode you should be able to scan with your virus software... or if you don't have any, see if you can start up in safe mode with network support. A simple fix from safe mode is to try to go to system restore. This is accessible under your start button, click on all programs, go to accessories, go to system tools, and it should be the last option. Go back to the last day it was working, if the system does not restore from that date, go back further.
Right now, you probably have all your information, and if it was a hardware failure, you would not have past POST. So I'm guessing software or registry. Both of which can be fixed by doing a system restore.