I have a PC with an 18-month-old motherboard/processor and as of this morning, it won't start up. A standard start up freezes with just (C) Microsoft Corporation at the bottom of my screen (very faintly), Safe Mode loaded a bunch of modules but fails to complete (it stops on
\windows\system32\drivers\crcdisk.sys) and finally, the original install discs show a white "Windows is loading files" bar which fills and then hangs.
In case this was a comedy of errors ending in a bad install disc, I tried both the 32-bit and 64-bit discs from my "Windows Ultimate" purchase, so it's safe to assume both weren't bad.
I ran the built in memory test which worked and returned no errors.
My only other guesses at this point are processor / motherboard related -- but if one of those were bad wouldn't it fail to do anything at all? Is there a way to test that?
I've also attempted to boot from a Ubuntu CD so its pretty obviously a hardware problem. I'd just like to know how to figure out what part so I don't have to replace things randomly until it starts working again.