XP not booting up, happens sporadically.

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Diego Wolfwood

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I don't remember the exact date, but approximately one month ago XP would not boot up. The computer turned on fine and the XP loading screen appeared, but it would just go black. I remember on the 3rd or 4th try of manually resetting the computer it booted successfully, and I didn't pay it any mind at the time.

This morning it happened again though, same thing. Black screen, reset the computer and after the XP loading screen went black again. I reset again and it was fine.

Is there anything I need to be worried about? I'm afraid something might be gradually dieing inside my computer somewhere.
 

Diego Wolfwood

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The whole computer is going on 2 years old, so not that old yet. I purchased all the parts new in May 2008, if I remember correctly.
 
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Possible your hard drive is failing. I suggest you run chkdsk. See here on how to do that.

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Try seeing if there is a update driver for your video card.....but at least uninstall it from Device Manager and restart the PC
 

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As a matter of fact I very recently updated my video card driver, which fixed another problem I was having a couple weeks ago.
 
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Having run chkdsk with no problems detected provides pretty good assurance the drive is OK. However, I still kind of focused on the HDD. It would do no harm to run a couple of free hard drive utilities. HDTach and HDTune will run some pretty good tests and benchmarks.

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