I read the introductory thread and followed those instructions. My RAM and hard drive are good. I am convinced this is not a virus/malware issue because it's a fresh install on a fully erased (zero written) hard drive. It has not been exposed to any internet to be able to contract a virus, and the XP install disc is trusted. Here's the issue: I can't get XP to load fully unless I boot in safe mode or with nearly all the services disabled. However, even when I get booted in this manner it still runs very sluggishly with "process explorer" indicating that explorer.exe and a couple of svchost.exe services are hogging cpu resources. I have done my best to update all of the drivers, and can find no apparent conflicts. I've toyed with all of the services and been unable to identify the issue. I've searched google for hours, but always find people with similar issues indicating it's a virus/malware issue. Again, I'm convinced this is NOT a virus/malware thing. So, where do I start? Will the "minidump" I read about help with this issue?