Yesterday morning I woke up to find my PC restarted. Usually, i leave it on 24/7 as i'm constantly downloading. When I attempted to reconnect the Internet, nothing happened. When I tried to open 'My Computer', nothing happened. I tried to run virus, registry and spyware scans, but they lagged considerably.
I decided to boot from the XP OS disc and selected 'repair'. Everything seemed to be running okay, so I left it for a couple of hours. When I returned I found the PC to be consistently restarting after 10-15 seconds. when I attepted to restart in Safe mode, the same thing happened.
It is worth noting that the pc's clock has been well out of time for a few months now (My understanding is that this means that I need a new CMOS battery), and my DVD-Rom drive often didn't work or show up at startup when the system runs a check on all hardware components.
The only solutions I can think of are to reinstall windows and buy a new CMOS battery. But I would rather not loose all of my data on the hard drive.
Please help me..!