Last night, after having connected my computer to my college's network and played games and browsed the internet successfully, I decided to retire for the evening and sleep.
I left my computer on at night.
This morning, I tried using my computer, and something was critically wrong. I turned on the monitor, and was puzzled to find myself at a Windows Installation screen (the screen you get when you boot from the Windows CD, with options to Install, Repair, or Exit).
I had left my Windows installation CD in the CD tray during my move back to college, so I can understand being at the install screen if my computer decided to reboot itself at night for some reason or another. But the problem is, I exited the installation process, rebooted my computer, but now it won't start Windows up at all from the hard drive.
I've changed my boot sequence in the BIOS to put CD-ROM before and after Hard Drive, but either way, it boots from the CD. I'm leery of taking CD rom out of the mix entirely, but if that's the idea, I'll do it.
The troubling bit is just that it worked so well last night, and I left it sitting at the Desktop, with no processes running except for a mouse program that came with my mouse, PC-Cillin Antivirus, and a program that came with my video card purchase. I don't know what could have caused my computer to reboot, at caused it to boot from the CD, which it hadn't done when I first booted it up at college, despite the Windows installation CD having been in the CD-ROM.
So. That's the problem. Should I change the boot order to not even check the CD-ROM, or what? Is there any sort of error that could have caused this?
I should also mention that, during my frequent restarts when I was exploring the situation, my computer wouldn't recognize my Slave Hard Drive for a while, which isn't the drive Windows is installed on, but still. I'm not sure what the issue is.
System Specs, as far as I remember, because I can't get my computer past the boot sequence:
AMD Athlon 3000+ processor (1.84 GHz)
ABIT AV8 motherboard
Windows XP Professional SP2
Any help is greatly appreciated.