Cant 'Boot' from XP CD
Need some help with my daughters XP Home Premium desktop .
Few days ago the pc would not boot up correctly, it gets as far as the windows screen with the scrolling bar but just before you would expect the desktop to appear I get a BSOD for a second and it restarts (and so on). The error on the bsod is UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME.
Now when I try to boot from my XP CD to enter the recovery console to try a repair the computer finds the cd and gets as far as 'Press any key to boot from CD', when I then try to press any key I get no response from the keyboard (I have tried an alternative p/s2 keyboard but I get the same result). I just cant get past the 'Press any key' window.
So, in summary I appear to have an error which I cant repair because I cant access the recovery on the XP CD.
Could it be something serious like motherboard failure or HD failure?
I cant even attempt a total format and re-install of XP because the computer is not reading the CD.