Recently i did a total rebuild of my laptop. This included formatting the drive and re-installing xp pro. All drivers are upto date. The system worked great up until last evening when i attempted to boot the machine. It went past the dell logo sign and no further. Just left a flashing white line on the upper left hand side of the screen.
It will eventually boot up after 5 or 6 attempts. I'm thinking this is a Harware issue and may have something to do with the BIOS. So i may attempt a BIOS update. I do not have much experience with the BIOS but understand it's basic fucntion.
Y'know I have never been able to figure out why people want to " fool with their bios"whenever something/anything snafu's on their machine.,do not fool with your bios unless you actually get a bios error,that flashing white line is just a little thing like this " - ",,??,,that is the cursor,your system is "hung" maybe using the hdd's manufacturers diags might help also you might consider "zeroing" the whole hdd,then going through the rest of the install etc routine,"make haste,slowly"..