Not been here for a while, sorry guys, but am now looking for some help with an old laptop. It's an old Acer Travelmate2200 running XP Home Edition SP3. I know XP is out of date but have this for legacy reasons, I also have a PC running 98SE which is even older. The problem I am having with this laptop is that it will not complete the POST 99% of the time. The problems seemed to start with Januarys Patch Tuesday after which the touchpad stopped working, got that back with a restore point but have been having increasing problems since. As I say it has now got to the point where I have to try multiple times to boot before it will eventually fire up. Some times 3 power on/off does the trick, sometimes it may take all day and multiple power cycles to get it booted. So what have I tried up to now? - when I can get it booted. CCleaner, Defraggler, MBAM, Trend Housecall. All been run through and no reports of malware or virus. Updated as many drivers as I can (resets after updates are an obvious problem when it wont post). I may try to download Speccy later to see if that can give me any power usage clues. On some of the failed posts, about 1 in 50, I get one long and two short beeps which I believe would usually indicate a video card/chip problem. I managed to boot yesterday and did Februarys Patch Tuesday (1 MSE, 2 Office updates), also reinstalled Firefox from the main install, (not the stub), was working fine until I shut down. It has taken all day today to get it up again and post this. So the problem I have is that when it wont post the screen is blank - no clues. When it does boot everything is OK, I don't know how to track down the problem. Any ideas? Remember that anything involving a restart may leave it unusable for multiple power on/off cycles. Easy advice is to junk it and get a new one; but as it will boot normally with persistance, I have the feeling that the problem may be fixable if I know more about what to do. I'm starting to think its a hardware problem, not scared about stripping it down but am not familiar with how to proceed. Please also bear with me if I don't respond to your suggestions straight away, may have to go to the local library to log on. (Just to mention D.A.L will vouch for me as a good guy if needed).