Hey, my friend has a computer that isn't starting after a power outage. It actually starts up until half way through the Windows XP loading screen (the blue bars slide across the screen), then it goes blue screen for a split second and restarts. It looks like it's making a physical memory dump. The hard drive had the "hard drive failure is immenent" thing on there for a while, do you think something's wrong with the hard drive or RAM? I couldn't figure out why a blackout would cause damage to a computer. Yes there was a surge protector, but there was no surge I think. It doesn't look like it loses power, just looks like a loading thing. I tried the BIOS to see if I had to reset some settings in case it got reset, and so far that isn't any help. It is a newer computer, an Athlon XP with an AGP 8x motherboard and Nvidia Ti4200 128mb RAM card with 64mb of system RAM, I don't know who makes any of the components, I don't even know how fast the processor is. With the boot virus protection enabled (from BIOS) it doesn't recognize any virus, so I don't know what's wrong with it. If anyone can help please do.