Running XP Home
Wasn't quite sure what the problem was , Hardware or OS.
Basically, PC loads up past the bios screen, and asks if I want to start windows normally, in safe mode etc.
If I select normally, it just reboots, when I select safe mode it gets to mup.sys, and just reboots. No error message, no delay, just reboots.
I tried to install ubuntu, and the installation was taking absolutely ages to load up, hard drive doing nothing, disc stopped spinning.
The windows disc loads, but it takes absolutely ages to load at 'Starting Setup,' and the disc starts spinning, stops, starts again multiple times.
In the initial repair section, I tried fixboot, fixmbr, chkdsk and chkdsk /r, and not one of these has fixed the problem. I have also tried using the recovery partition to restore the system files and drivers, but it still does not work. I have also rebuilt the system hive in command prompt.
Finally, I tried installing XP on the PC, I selected quick format, which it ran through, and then it takes absolutely ages to even get to 10 percent copying files. I have done a very large amount of re-installs, which is part of my job as an IT apprentice, and they all seem to copy the files much more quickly.
I'm using a USB CD Drive as it has no internal one.
Intel Celeron 1.3GHz
My thoughts are that it is a Harddrive issue, but maybe you guys can propose some other solutions.
Thanks in advance.
Joe (A confused apprentice