My computer I've had for over five years has begun to die. The specs are:
CPU:AM Athlon 64 3500+ 2.2mhz
GPU:ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 series(onboard gpu)
RAM:2x512 MB Samsung and 1gig Wintec stick(not sure about specific model, but I could find it if needed.
Mobo: Micro-star MS-7184 SB400 chipset
OS:Windows XP media edition
Yeah, I know. It's a piece of junk. It's a pre-build e-machine as well. However, I need it to last me another month or so, unless I can get a loan from a friend or the parents to cover the rest of the cost.
But anyways, the problem. Basically, I'll turn my computer on, it'll get to the windows XP splash/loading scree. Then after about 20 seconds or so, the bar stops moving and then won't boot. After this failed I tried booting from last known working configuration. That failed the same way. So I tried to boot into safe mode, failed as well. It stopped while loading up the drivers(I think that's what it was doing at least.)
I also tried going into the system restore, it would get past the intro screen. Last hope, I tried skipping the boot software and tried booting directly from the HDD, it worked! So, I came here to ask, why would it do this, and is there anything I could to do lengthen the lifetime of my rig?
~thanks in advance,