My computer has recently been experiencing extreme difficulty booting up into Windows XP and is exhibiting symptoms of many problems but all of the reccomended solutions are leading me nowhere.
Upon bootup, the computer will hang at random points ranging from not even starting up the display to hanging right before it starts the Windows XP load screen. If the computer hangs and the reset button is pressed, the display stops responding and nothing seems to happen.
Computer has to be generally shut down and then turned back on sometimes multiple times before display will come back on only to have the computer freeze at a random point again.
If I manage to get to the screen that states that Windows did not start sucessfully and allows the option of Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Last Known Good Configuration, etc... I cannot use the keyboard to change to Safe mode, the arrow keys are non responsive.
Occasionally the "blue screen of death" will appear when you would expect the Windows XP loading screen and the computer would then reset but it flashes by too fast for me to read so I have no clue what it is saying.
First attempt at a solution: Try to run the windows xp repair installation option on the Windows XP installation CD
Result 1: The computer just hangs during the loading of the CD or never makes it to loading the CD or will not register the keystroke to boot from CD and will try to move on to loading Windows from the HD.
Result 2: The Windows XP install interface reports the following error --> Setupdd.sys could not be loaded. Error code 4. The reccomended solution for this is to remove single RAM sticks and swap them in various configurations to see if a RAM stick has gone bad. No variation of my two 512mb sticks would change system performance
Second attempt at a solution: Load the failsafe defaults in the system BIOS and reboot
Result: No change in performance
I am tempted to go purchase a new power supply to see if that is the issue (doubtful?) but I would rather not go purchasing random parts and virtually building an entirely new computer if I don't have to.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.