For the past week or so, I have had problems with a computer, and browsers and webpages becoming slow or giving error messages. Trying Microsoft Fix-It the whole system froze. Tried to do an XP repair with nil results, so did a full format. All seemed well until I tried to do updates,Avast Ok, connection to internet Ok, then on reboot, goes as far as the XP motif and then shutdown, with repeating events.
Trying now to boot with the original XP disk, so as to try a repair or reformat, and the computer will not boot from disk. Previously the computer use to ask 'Boot from disk-None' and went into start mode. Now no message.
I hope that I have explained okay. Any help would be appreciated, so as to get the computer working again..
Fruit Bat, I have tried the F8 key and nearly everything else. Nothing happens, except for the system to ignore and not respond to human commands.
One thing that I have noticed since this problem started. The green light on starting the computer comes on, then starts to go into constant 'blink/flicking' mode. The red light for hard drive activity flickers then remains stationary, while the system is deciding on what its going to do. Didn't seem to do this previously. If that makes any sense?.
This is not a software issue, this is a hardware fault which unless you have spares of components can be tricky to pin down. Could start by removing ram giving the points a clean then reinserting, then try again to install windows, also another HDD might be worth a try. Make sure all cables are seated correctly.
Make/Model-- None, self build,upgraded as time allowed. No manuals.
Hard drive shows in bios, including normal working temperature.
Would be difficult to put in caddy.
Ram totals 2x5?? sticks (PC133)
PSU recent replacement. Appears Ok!. Could test though!.
I have a couple of spare hard drives. One as W7 which I do not have code for yet. So possible HD exchange?.
Hope the above information helps. And thanks for all the advice offered. Very much appreciated.
Still cannot understand why I was able to attempt repair, then format yesterday, and all seemed Ok, then suddenly 'No boot from disk command'and computer would no longer receive commands. All that seemed to point to a software problem/conflict?.