An old PC that was never cleaned (we do this yearly?) such as you see at http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-11319_7-6240575-1.html and by a failing hard drive.
These are cheap and trivial items most folk can do themselves.
So my desktop is acting very strangely and I'm pretty concerned. I own a compaq presario p.c with windows vista and it used to run fine for the past 4 years. All of a sudden I'm unable to start up properly. My computer ran through a couple disk checks and deleted some files. One that I made note of called orphan file. My computer is unable to reach the main account/ account selection page. It turns on loads for a while with a black screen with a flashing underscore at the top left corner of the screen and then proceeds to show a green loading bar at the bottom maybe 30 seconds later sometimes. Then the windows icon shows and then it immediately turns off.
My computer however, works in safe mode and safe mode with networking.
In desperation, I tried a system restore, which did not work.
Any help is appreciated. Thank you for reading.