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and before Boot, the black screen comes up. I then keep waiting and nothing happens.

After a restart i see a Windows XP boot and then a black screen comes up. But after waiting for 10 minutes or so, i then see my login screen.

Please help!

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Please take a look in this KB article from Microsoft: Computer stops responding with a black screen when you start Windows XP.

There are several solutions over there (I would have copy them to my answer, but they too long) and I suggest that you give them a try.

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