boot up problem

  lakeman 15:40 13 Jan 2009

turned on pc this morning and as far as i got was the desktop background scene ,no icons no task bar nothing at all. rebooted and tried to go into safe mode which it let me do but then came up with a black screen with "safe mode" in each corner of the screen.after a while it went back to the screen i described earlier,shuts down ok . ..

  birdface 15:44 13 Jan 2009

Check that the air vents are not clogged up with Dust or fluff,If so inside will also need cleaning,Make sure all the fans are working ok when you are in there.Probably not that but it would be one thing less to worry about if checked.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:59 13 Jan 2009

Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
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  lakeman 16:55 13 Jan 2009

i did try to install xp over the top and it did start to do that but then froze for a second or two then went back to background ie with nothing on screen at all. tried the process again with same result. tried blowing out the dust from in the both ok..?

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