Sorry but time after time I find a HP owner that didn't want to make them. Why didn't you make such?
As to the death of the machine, your post didn't detail if ANY display came up. If none then it's not XP SP3 but the machine is dead. Here's why.
When we reboot the machine at first does not run XP but the machines "BIOS". Since you don't see that, then it's not XP.
I tried to install Service Pack 3 for XP Pro on my home desktop. After loading, I rebooted and the PC hung up. I rebooted again and now the monitor can't see a signal from the PC. I tried the monitor on another PC and it worked fine, so it's not the monitor. I tried another monitor on the messed up PC and no signal either. Does anyone know what to do? The computer does not work at all without the monitor. I can't even access the go back feature.
Microsoft (of course) was no help, neither was HP (the PC manufacturer). The PC is just out of warranty so HP won't help me at all. I don't have an XP disk to reinstall the OS because HP, in their infinite wisdom, puts the info on a partition of the hard drive for this sort of thing. This doesn't help me at all. (Can you tell I'm a little bitter towards Microsoft and HP? By the way, thanks Microsoft for screwing up my PC and then not lifting a finger to help me. They told me to talk to HP and HP told me to talk to Microsoft. Children, can you say, "Pass the buck"?)
ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! I'm planning on buying a copy of XP Pro (For $200 big ones!) and trying to reinstall the OS. If that doesn't work, I'll buy a new video card and see if that works. Any ideas? I'd rather not spend $350 for a new OS and video card.