(My Norton Antivirus scan from last night said no virus' nor any in quaranteen) and it took minutes for google to start up.
Ulitimately, I had to shut it down with the power switch. When I rebooted, I got a blank screen. I tried to get into safe mode, but the same thing, it just had the blank gray screen. Once I got an error that it could not find a windows/system file and another it was a dll, (did not write down the name). Most recently it was a blank screen after waiting for hours for an error message to pop up.
I have my original windows XP disk. The first error message said to put it in and push R for repair at the start up screen. I tried this but all I got was d:/windows, and I did not know what to do from there.
I am no rocket scientist, but it seems like my start up files were corrupted. This is a pretty new hard drive but I do have some pictures on there I don't want to lose. I have my old hard drive installed as well on the same system that I have been using as extra storage. I did not try to boot from that but is it possible to maybe restore the missing files from there somehow?
I have read some other help pages, but they did not seem to apply to my problem.
ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated and even if you can't help, thanks for reading.
Mike in St Louis