I've run XP happily on an Athlon 1400 256MB, GeForce2 MX400 for well over a year.
Today I tried to start something insignificant (MS Money) and got a garbled dll message (garbled as in random text about a failure) and it failed to start. To be honest, I ignored and simply rebooted.
The reboot hung on the XP Home splashscreen, and then when I rebooted again, it hangs before there, a couple of seconds into the boot (when the NT style white line reaches its full length at the base of the screen).
No F8 safe modes work (stop at the same point) and the CD recovery yields "Unexpected error (0) occurred at line 1768 in d:\xpclient\base\boot\setup\arcdisc.c." so I can't use the console. In short, I've no access to the HD at all!
The computer has had nothing new in the last month and has just been used day-to-day. I reversed a BIOS upgrade that I did about 3 months ago (just in case), but no change. I also replaced a CPU fan about 3 months ago, but the BIOS reported temperature is well within range (52 c).
All this seems to be pointing to a pretty catastrophic memory error, but I've only got the one module in there (so no swapping in or out). Also running a full BIOS memory test gives no problems. Before I rush off out and buy another, has anyone experienced something similar, and could it be anything but memory?
All help VERY gratefully received!