"using the CD to boot, it simply shuts down after a few minutes."
That sounds like an overheating laptop. Tell me about your yearly cleaning.
I am having the following problem.. Please help.
My Laptop running on windows XP Home just fails to boot up.
It also does not start in the Safe Mode, (system freezes).
When I tried to boot using the Recovery CD, the system just shuts itself down.
If I try using the CD to boot, it simply shuts down after a few minutes.
I am stuck.. Please help.