windows xp boot problems

  bovthedog 22:08 23 Apr 12

I've got intermittent start up problems where I get the bios menu and then Windows loading screen and then sometimes PC will shut down or the dreaded black screen. When this happens the HDD runs continuously (LED on all time). I managed to get into Safe Mode and do a system restore and Windows loaded in Normal Mode so all ok for the moment. But I notice that when only the desktop is running the CPU demand is like the Rocky mountains varying between 10 and 100%. Is this normal? Also I get delays in keyboard input and what appears on the screen and sound hiccups. I can't repair as my XP is SP3 whereas my XP disk is SP2. Advice appreciated.

  northumbria61 22:12 23 Apr 12

Have a look to see if anything here helps enter link description here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:18 23 Apr 12

Sounds as if HDD is starting to die

Do you have a full back up of the drive?

When you get into windows run a full check of the drive.

  northumbria61 22:22 23 Apr 12

Have a look to see if anything here helps enter link description here

You can remove SP3 and then attempt a Repair using your XP SP2 disc then reinstall SP3 - along way round but that is one way. Here's how enter link description here

It could be an overheating problem.

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