I have a mate who has an old pc he is attempting to sort out for his kid. I have no idea how old the system is, but it sports the original Win 98, NOT SE onboard. When the system is beginning to boot, the screen goes black. I asked him to boot in safe mode, and within seconds of the pc booting: black screen. I can't get any information about what is on the screen at the time it blacks the screen out, because it happens too quickly. It sounds to me as tho this is a dead duck, and I was going to suggest a new HDD, but if anyone has any suggestions, I would be more than happy to receive them. Thanks guys!