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PC stuck on compaq screeen

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I have a Compaq presario desktop with XP, 3 weeks ago I came home after a power loss and started my pc.
It got up to the Compaq screen and got stuck there. After about 10 try it finally boot up to win XP and worked fine.
I did a system restore from the week before and everything seem fine. (restarted the pc a couple time since then and it work )
This morning after a window xp donwload I had to restart the pc and the same thing happen.
It took me about 5 try before I was able to get by the compaq screen.
Now it's working fine, but is there something I can do prevent this from happening again.

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I'd test the RAM first and then the HD (hard drive).


Memtest86 - A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic

Windows Memory Diagnostic

Note: If you see ANY errors, especially in both programs, the RAM needs to be replaced.


Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287 (or http://www.bleepingc...opic28744.html). Make sure you select tool which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.

Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD. If downloaded file is a ".iso", use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn the .iso file to a CD, (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide a diagnostic tool.

(Thanks to Broni for these instructions).

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