I received a Dell Inspiron Laptop to work on today. It has one major problem. When one attempts to log on to Windows XP, Windows XP logs one off without so much as a "by your leave." I have attempted to log on with a normal user name account and the administrator account, both in Safe Mode and Normal Mode. No change. The log on appearsproceedure appears to be normal up until the moment one would expect to see the desktop screen, then the screen flashes and the log off proceedure begins and 10 seconds later you are logged off. On, off. Try again? On, off. And again? On, off.
My research shows this to be a widespread problem, however, there are a number of proposed solutions as well. I can not tell which solution worked. Is there an expert here that has dealt with this before?