About two days ago the computer was running slow. I didn't think much of it. It's just one of those things. I decided to restart the computer. When I did I got the dreaded blue screen of death. I didn't panic. The computer was backed up on 4 ghost image CDs. It had been done by a guy who previously worked on my computer some two years ago.
I stuck the CD in and it took a couple of times restarting my computer for the program to kick in. Finally, it started. I went through the process and did as I usually do and it started. Sometimes it'd get to 1%, 2% or 6%, but would always stop and tell me to insert the next disk. I did so, knowing that it usually took between 25-30% per disk. Once I stuck in the second disc it told me it was corrupt and that there was an internal problem. I've tried this over and over again. Everytime it's the same problem.
Now, all of a sudden when the computer boots up it holds on the Dell logo screen for about 30 seconds, which is way longer then it ever has before. Then, it goes to a black screen with a blinking cursor. Usually this is where it tells me to press any key to start the ghost program. It's not doing that now. It's just blinking. It's not reading the CDs in the drive. It's not letting me type anything. I'm really out of options as far as my knowledge extends.
This is more or less a hand me down computer that I ended up with in a time of need. I don't have any discs for it. I was using Windows 2000, but when I obtained the computer it had XP on it. I don't know if it came wiht it or if that was an upgrade. The guy who previously worked on my computer downgraded it to Windows 2000 without a real explanation.
If anyone has any ideas that I could try or knows of a way to fix it I'd greatly appreciate it. I just need internet and Word. I can't afford to take it somewhere to get it fixed.
Edited by dakotacomp, 06 January 2011 - 01:25 AM.