I have recently begun having a boot-up problem with Windows XP.
I have a Dell Workstation 370
XP Pro SP3
2.8 P4 HT
2 gigs ram
Radeon HD 4670 512MB PCI-e 16x
Recently upon rebooting, it will start to boot as normal, but before it hits the XP splash screen it will sit with only a prompt showing on the screen, and it appears as it is attempting to read from the floppy drive. After about 30 seconds, it will continue to the XP Splash screen, will get past it, and then sit idle on a black screen. At this point I have to remove the power to shut it back down, and attempt to boot again, only this time it will go to the option screen to boot in safe mode, last known good configuration, or as normal. Selecting boot as normal here allows it to boot up just fine.
The only things that changed on my computer before this started happening was that, I installed and played Champions Online a bit. I also updated to the most recent ATI drivers for my video card (although it rebooted just fine after installing the new drivers). The game crashed to the desktop at one point, and everything on the system was running slow, so I attempted to reboot, and it seemed locked up, so I pulled the power......this is when the problem occurred first to my knowledge.
As far as Champions crashing, I am pretty sure it was not because of my computer itself, but merely the game, as the crashes have been pretty commonly known to players at this point. However the problems loading up are new to me. Once I do get it loaded it does seem to run just fine however.
Not sure what is causing it, so I am just going through the motions here. Any ideas/help would be greatly appreciated. Info you need any more info, just let me know, and thanks in advance.
Additional Info: I have since run a chkdsk with no errors found, run adaware with no issues found, and uninstalled Champions Online (just in case). Just ran malwarebytes scanner tonight, and while it was running all of the sudden my resident protection on Avast caught this.
"C:\documents and settings\administrator\local settings\temp\Tlx9C6Ng.exe.part\nsis.hdr
I sent it to the chest, and the MBAM scan is still running now. Not sure if this is related or not.
Thanks again for any help.