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Ok this is not about my computer and unfortunately I don't know much about it. All I really know is its a hp running xp and its a few years old. I've done light clean up (defraging and scanning) in the past but nothing more. As for updates I am not certain of its current status.

In the past few weeks lock ups and crashes started happening but required nothing more than a reboot. In last week the computer suddenly started running extremely slow and would eventually crash. The blue screen would only flash and then go black. Attempted reboots bring up failure to find hard drive, missing or corrupt files (ie hal.dll and ntoskrnl.exe) and it also tries to connect to a dhcp(sp?) server but never does.

and when I went to use the restore cd's it just starts an endless loop of press R to start and then the count down to hit any key to enter recovery.

Kinda thinking hard drive but would like a second opinion!
thanks for any help!

Edited by suburbannoize1605, 20 August 2010 - 07:06 PM.

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I agree. It sounds like a dying/dead hard drive. :)
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