About a year ago, I booted up my pc and was unable to get into Windows. The computer repairman discovered upon examination that some of the files on my hard disk were scrambled or missing, so he had to reformat it.
The latest problem came about, while I doing some work in a couple of open windows. Suddenly, the screen froze and I could not restore it even by pressing ctrl+alt+del. Maybe I going too fast between windows and did not let one process finish before initiating another one? Anyway, the screen went black, after I rebooted. I tried using a rescue disk to reboot and an error message came up telling me to remove the disk or CD and press any key to continue. When I did, I only got a blank screen. I was able to get into Safe Mode, but when I clicked on and entered my OS, WinXP Home Edition, the prompt told me it was not available. Later, I found out from the repairman my hard drive showed 37GB free space and everything, including WinXP, had disappeared. He was just as perplexed as I was as to how this happened. Owning a computer is getting to be quite an expensive proposition! Do you have any thoughts about what I might be doing wrong to experience two computer breakdowns in such a short period of time?
Regarding the high speed cable connection, the installer came to the conclusion that the problem for their inablility to connect me with high speed cable is at the main box outside my home, and not at their main power station. Otherwise, the neighboring service area would be experiencing the same inconnectivity problem. Since I've been using dialup modem for over three years, I think I can tough it out a few more days.