Boot into safe mode and try removing and reinstalling your graphics. You should have had a Recovery disk and a driver disk with the machine; it's the driver disk you will need.
Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager > Display Adaptors (remove, refresh and reinstall >
The whole point to activation introduced by Microsoft was so that it's product could not be activated on a different machine - preventing copying.
If your laptop still functions, then your already using that CD's licence. :(
Three or more possible things:
You're low on RAM
You're Hard Drive is badly fragmented
You have too many things starting up
All the above
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Although I wouldnt like to firmly say as such that your work relied on it, I can honestly say this..
We had to remaster a system and they didnt have the disks (lost), but since it was our techy guys fault we tried this and it worked.
A Median machines recovery disk was used to install XP...
I had a similar problem ages ago. Turned out that my settings were too high for my graphics card or monitor to handle. Until you find the drivers..
Try right clicking on desktop > properties > settings > advance > monitor and reduce the refresh rate Hz. If it continues, try knocking down your...
You have to install the drivers for your graphics.
If your using onboard graphics then the driver should be on your motherboard CD. If it's a seperate graphics card, then you will have got a CD with it. If you cant find the CD, you'll need to find the make and download the drivers from the...
I think i'm reading this right, but not too sure..
If your wanting to use a master copy of XP for any computer and use the key they already have (sticker on case etc) then yes, this is not a problem.
You can use any XP copy (of the same edition; Home, Pro etc) providing they have an...
One final thing i can think of, then hopefully someone more experienced might be able to help...
Try entering your BIOS and load the default values - just on the odd chance something has been changed.
Everything else I cant see you having a problem with. Maybe memory but then Windows would...