i have an everex laptop that is windows xp based and sometimes when i boot it up i hear a beeping sound that beeps 3-4 times and then stops. however, it does not give me the startup screen. and sometimes if it actually gets thru to the bootup the computer might freeze in the middle of whatever im doing. i am thinking that since my kids were using and they use to just leave the computer running and close the screen that something has gone haywire. I was wondering if anyone might know what is going on. I really dont wanna have to put it in the shop just to have something minor repaired on it and it ends up costing me an arm and a leg. can someone please help me. i am in need of my computer and it has been out of commission for a few weeks now. thanks a lot. any help will be greatly appreciated.