this is going to be a long post - im just gonna put down all the problems that have been happening
ok well first thing - a while ago my computer started freezing and having boot-up problems and in general just started screwing up
so i thought probably viruses and that so i decided i'd reformat it when the freezing got really regular-
but then it froze DURING the reformat - and then when i tried again it had zapped out my D: drive - so i lost all my importatn stuff that i needed to keep
anyway the freezing and the boot-up problems continued anyway - so it proved to be a total waste of time (and my stuff) -
also i dont know how relevant this is - but when i play some games the temperature of my graphics card goes up to sometimes 85 degrees which as im fairly sure is way too high, and the graphics of some games just stuff up when it gets too hot.
anyway back to the bootup problems - in the last few weeks it has been taking any number of times to boot up - sometimes it works first time, other times it takes 10+ times
there are four different things that seem to happen:
1) disk read error, press ctrl, alt, del... (common)
2) disk boot failure, instert system disk and press enter... (only rarely)
3) just freezes at the windows xp loading thing (rarely)
4) actually works
once im in windows it barely ever has any problems at all - except IF it freezes it usually gives me errors when i try restart - ive started leaving it on standby so i dont have to go through the boot-up process - although sometimes it just freezes when it comes off standby and i have to restart it anyway
except it all became worse this morning
i had it on standby over night as usual - i turned it on and it froze when i got it off standby (happens fairly often)
then restarted it - and now it says 'disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter' every time - i cant get past it at all - ive had it before but usually i just restart it and it works eventually - this time no chance
for a while this morning - my keyboard and mouse even stopped working so i couldnt press enter even - just weird i didnt change anything - then they just started working again
so about all i can really do now - is boot from the windows xp disk or go into the bios, but since ive never changed anything - maybe theres something wrong with the hardware - no real idea
i dont particularly want to reformat it again if i can avoid it- last time i lost all my stuff and have only just got most of it back - does anyone know if i can access the data at all to back it up or something?
anyway thanks for reading - sorry its so long - the problems werent bothering me really until this morning when it went from an inconvenience to a major problem.
hope someone has some ideas - thanks for anything that you might come up with
(as a seemingly unrelated issue - when i got to windows, my internet would disconnect every single time in under 20 minutes - frustrating)