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windows 2000 hangs, wont start up, then later does

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I've been duking it out with this problem for a while. As it is an intermittent one it has been a screaming pain in the arse!!!!!

The computer will run just fine for 3 or 4 days then it will lock up. After it locks up it will not successfully restart for about a day and a half...then it decides to start up. The unsuccessful restarts fail at a variety of different points in the boot up, sometimes quite early on with the DOS screen showing, other times as late as the Windows password panel, and all points in between.

I'm running a 733 AMD Athlon, 80g hard drive and 256 ram.

It ran for 4 years just fine then last February I updated from Windows 98 to 2000 and shortly thereafter started having the problem. The techies could not zero in on it but they said that the hd appeared to be the main culprit. I replaced the HD and the problems have continued.

Any ideas, anybody, Please? Grovel grovel, insert wringing of hands here!
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Note the time, reboot the computer

at start up...

start > run

Look under systems and applications for items with red Xs...list them here. These are items that appear at THE TIME OF THE CRASH
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