PC freezes during startup or shortly thereafter

Hello,
My pc freezes frequently during bootup, generally between BIOS starting up and Windows XP loading up. If I can get signed onto XP it will probably work... it occasionally freezes or restarts, but once it's been running for 5 minutes, it's safe (ie. it never freezes once windows has been running for at least 5 minutes). It was working fine before, and nothing new has been installed (hardware or software). Anyone have any ideas?
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  1. It may be your hard drive. Have you tried booting into safe mode? If it boots normally into safe mode, then it's probably a driver or startup application that is holding things up.

    For the hard drive, open a command prompt and use:

    chkdsk c: /F /R

    Replace c: with your drive letter. Warning: chkdsk with the /R option can take quite a while depending on the size of the drive.
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