I'm trying to help a friend who is having the same problem with an HP Media Center PC m7367c. It's about 5 years old as well. She used the computer 2 days ago, and shut it down properly. Yesterday, it froze on the hp invent screen, and no connection to any of the periphials (this includes the USB keyboard). After trying several disks to try to circumvent the hard drive, I went to make coffee. After about 20 minutes of bluescreen, windows just began working. While the computer was up, I deleted a bunch of junk files, (games and crapware)and let MacAfee run it's scan. The scan took over 1.5 hours, and found 2 problems, as I tried to find/fix the problems, the program closed and I couldn't see what they were. I decided to restart the computer and acdientally shut it down completely. During the entire time the bluescreen is on, the HD light shows it to be running, I can hear the light "hummm" but it's like the disk is spinning but nothing is reading it
. Now, 2 1/2 hours later. I have tried her disks again, and nothing. Unfortunatly, she does not know the importance of good labeling and has no idea if she ever created the boot disks or the XP backup disks
. What now? I don't even know what made it finally start this morning. If anyone wants to chat as they help, I will be more than happy to post the conversation in this thread so others can learn from it, too.