I'm really stuck.
I am running Windows XP (SP3, and subsequent updates).
The computer has always been fast, never had any problems, until I decided to shut down the other day and restart the computer (I tent to leave it turned on permanently).
I've checked the inside of the computer to make sure that all components are in good order, and nothing is loose etc. Eveything seems fine.
The problem is that I am struggling to get it to boot up.
When I boot the computer, it goes through the Post Screen for BIOS, then moves on to the "Windows XP" logo with the little coloured bar beneath it to show that Windows is loading.
This then dissapears, as it would normally, and when I expect the Welcome Screen to start loading, with a blue background, nothing happens. Normally my two other monitors would spring into life and come out of standby and display black screens, but their indicator lights would change from the orange (standby) to blue. Instead the main screen just goes black. There is usually a little hard drive activity for a few seconds after this, but then it simply locks up. The hard drive light goes out, and I can't do anything but press the reset button.
I have tried to reboot into Safe Mode, and use cmd and sfc /scannow as I have done a number of times to make sure things are okay, but this time when I run SFC, I am presented with details that the RPC service cannot be located. Although, when I use net start to run the RPC, I'm politely informed that the service is already running. I did a check around the web to see what else could be a problem, and I found a few forums suggesting that I needed to turn on the RPC Locator service. After locating this in the Services list, I tried to start it, and was presented with an error message telling me it cannot be run in Safe Mode. So I've tried to set it to run automatically, and still have the same problem.
I have run a full system scan with Spybot in SafeMode, and it comes back telling me that everything is clear. I tried to run AVG, and it kept crashing on me, so I removed it and downloaded a copy of HouseCall from Trend Micro and that also told me that everything is all clear.
I don't run games. In fact, I have Office, and a few audio/video applications I use, and not a great deal else. I would be sincerely grateful for someone to help me.
I have downloaded OTL and run a scan. The results are posted below.
I bake too... so I'll make cake for anyone that can solve this mystery....