Firstly, please do not sigh or sound off too many dohs! but I am in no way up to speed with computer tech etc so any help would need to be pretty much in 'idiot proof' mode......so here goes.
I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 (about 3 years old), running Windows XP Home edition. I'm not a heay user, just basic everyday things and up to this morning, all was okay. BUT....now when I power up, I get the black windows screen, then the blue one asking me to enter my users password (which I do), press enter then the system stalls with the 'loading your settings.....' screen.
It just stays on that....nothing more, nothing less, just stops at that.
The only other thing I did notice, may mean something, may not, the middle led of the 3 lights (between power on and battery/mains power lights) was flashing 3 flashes, 1 double flash, and continued with this pattern, no other signs of activity.
Holding down the power off button, then powering back up, same situation.
One of my friends said replace the HDD and reload with original disks, but I think I would rather have advice from the pro's...
Thanks in advance for any help.