Now the computer freezes and starts making a ticking noise and reverts to a blue screen telling me I have a kernel page error and it's doing a physical dump of all memory. if i immediately turn the computer off and back on i get a black screen, more ticking and a message that it can't find any operating system. if i wait a while and turn it back on it runs until the same prob happens again. it happens rather we're online or not, using the computer or not.
i've ran scandisc and it tells me that different files have been orphaned or that it is deleting an entry index (it seems to be a different file and message everytime.)
hp suggested a destructive recovery. it didn't help. my xp files are in a hidden partition so this system recovery is the only way to reboot windows.