I'm in a Gr. 12 computer engineering class, and we're setting up these old Pentium 4 machines, installing some software, and Ghosting them to get to know the Ghosting process.
So I was lucky and picked a machine that had no problems. Then I did a fresh install of Windows XP Professional SP2. In the beginning, I installed Firefox, and LibreOffice. After the weekend, I went back to the machine, and it hung for about 5 mins at the Welcome Screen. I rebooted, and the same thing happened.
A kid came over, and jokingly pressed Ctrl + Alt + Del, and what do you know? The HDD starts making sounds, the HDD light starts flickering, and the desktop and taskbar showed up. I thought it was a coincidence, but it still hung at the Welcome Screen every time I boot. The HDD light rarely flashes, nor does the HDD make any sounds, until I press Ctrl + Alt + Del. Why is this happening? Can't be a coincidence every time.
- HP d530 CMT
- Pentium 4 (I'll find and add the # tomorrow) > 1.5 GHz
- 1 GB DDR (4x 256MB)
- Intel Graphics "Extreme" 2
2x WD400 Caviar IDE (40GB each, not in RAID)
- 1x WD400 Caviar IDE 40GB
- Windows XP Professional
SP2SP3 32 bits
- Motherboard battery is drained, BIOS settings aren't saved sometimes, and time stops after shutdown.
- No passwords
- 1 User account
- No "Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to login" dialog
- The board banned us from connecting these machines to the Internet. I get no updates, and I have to download everything from the school's computers, and transfer via flash drive. There is wireless but we don't have receivers.
- Installed SP3
- Finished drive cloning/ghosting, and removed the clone drive for storage inside my teacher's cabinet