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Windows XP freezes then screen goes blank.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by biggy_boy, Apr 1, 2010.

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  1. biggy_boy

    biggy_boy Thread Starter

    Jan 30, 2009
    Hey, I'm having a problem with Windows XP.

    The last few days, my cursor has been freezing and the screen has been going black for a few seconds, but it would soon return to normal.

    Well, Today when I went to turn it on, it got up to the login screen before doing the same thing but not returning to normal - it would freeze and the screen would remain black.

    I haven't made any hardware changes so don't know if that's the problem, I have tried booting in safe mode but it seems to stall at the loading screen, I have taken out the RAM and reseated it and when that didn't work tried using a different stick of RAM but the result was the same. I replaced my HDD about a year ago so don't believe that could be the problem.

    I was thinking the OS could be corrupt and need repairing. Any ideas?
  2. Saga Lout

    Saga Lout

    Sep 15, 2004
    Hopefully you have a working firewall and a decent anti-virus programme which you've updated and scanned with recently. That's about all I can say at this stage.

  3. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    My suspicion is also a corrupt Windows. Suggest you try a Repair Install if you have, or can borrow, an XP installation CD.

    If you need to first backup some data try a "rescue disk." My suggestion is Puppy Linux. If you'd like I'll outline how to do that.

    Other things to consider are a memory test, such as memtest86+ and a disk check if your disk manufacturer has diagnostics that can be used standalone. Puppy also includes the GParted partition manager, which includes a disk check.
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