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Desktop won't boot, maybe hard drive problem?

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My computer is a Packard Bell Imedia 1402, running XP Home Edition, motherboard is Gigabyte - not sure of exact model but is 478 socket, not sure of model of hard drive but is IDE & 80gb, there is no graphics card installed.

My computer has been having problems for the past few months. Initially it was working fine, but every time I tried to run a virus scan or play a movie it would just cut out. I thought this might have been due to overheating, but I cleaned all dust & even used an external fan, but still the same. Took to computer shop & was told I have a faulty power pack.

I put another power pack in today, & when I boot up I get a black screen saying something like 'Windows cannot but as the following file is missing or corrupt... \system32\config\system'
I did some research on this & think a format may sort. However, I took the hard drive out then put back in, now when I turn on I get nothing, just a 'wooshing' sound over & over & the hard drive light is constantly on.

Will a new hard drive sort this? Or is it a problem with the motherboard? I am wanting to upgrade all parts in the machine, nothing too fancy, just add a graphics card, a larger hard drive & some more memory, but if this is a problem with the motherboard I don't want to waste my money.

As always, any help would be much appreciated! May save me a few hundred notes!!


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