My WinXp SP2 computer is suddenly giving me trouble. It was working fine for years until yesterday morning. When booting, the computer will either a) not boot and indefinitely hang until it is rebooted again, or b) if the login screen does appear, it will reboot on its own when logging in.
I suspected bad memory (Kingston DDR 512 MB), and ran memtest. It failed on running the Extented Tests. Memtest essentially crashed and locked the PC requiring a reboot. I have replaced the memory with new Kingston Memory (DDR I 1GB). Unfortunately, I have the same issues. So the cause is not the memory after all.
I attempted to boot from the WinXP CD, and run Repair, but it asks for an Administrator password which is null. Yet, it will not accept pressing Enter.
The computer does have 2 hard drives - IDE and SATA drive.
Can anyone please offer any good suggestions? Thanks.