My Compaq desktop, which has served me well for six years or so, might be coming to its end.
When I power it up, the Compaq logo comes on, then it takes me to the screen where I can choose between regular and safe mode. If I choose regular mode, Windows XP seems to start, but then I hear a clicking noise, and the computer loses power, then restarts and the whole process begins again. If I choose safe mode, pretty much the same thing happens, though Windows doesn't even appear to initiate.
It seems like a hardware problem--the computer's been slowing down over the years, but I keep all virus-scan programs, spyware, registry mechanics, etc, up to date. Might be worth mentioning that it's hooked up with a surge-protector, and our power-supply is reliable and not prone to surges or dips.
Any thoughts? Hard-drive failure?
Thanks in advance!