When I boot my PC it all goes well until after I have pressed enter on the XP login/password screen. I have to press ctrl-alt-del to get it to actually take me to windows, otherwise the hard drive spins a bit and then just idles. When I get to windows it seems fine but consistently my wireless card fails to start and I have to go to control panel and network connections to get it going. The machine will trip out for a bit and not allow me to do anything, then will spring to life and everything is fine.
The machine is pretty old (2004, maybe 2006), but she soldiers on in the face of adversity hehe. Civ 4 says it won't run on my hardware setup, but does anyway, things like this have caused me to become attached to the machine (sad, I know :p) and I would be willing to replace hardware if this is the problem (motherboard maybe?), even though I have a new **** laptop. Only to the point of keeping it internet worthy though.
Any ideas why windows would require me to press ctrl-alt-del to actually get going? I think that my wireless cards starting issues probably indicate my motherboard. Any suggestions for tests I can do? I can provide more info on my system if needed, I am computer literate, this problem seems strange to me though. It isn't a case of having it unlock the computer as it is after the login screen. It happened immediately after a boot time chkdsk if that is any help. I also am wary of needing to re-install the OS (I have had to phone microsoft for a new authentication key more than once and would prefer to avoid it again)
Thanks for any assistance!