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computer lock up

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My computer locked up last night (typing this from work!) out of the blue my mouse stopped moving. Rebooted the computer, came up but the monitor did not and it came up with a blue box that said "check monitor settings". Rebooted again many times, one time I got the screen back up but it locked up again within minutes, one time my mouse arrow changed to garbled grafics and locked. Booted in safe mode and the system seems to stay up although my screen geometry is wrong. Is there a way to boot in safe mode and then just load one program or driver at a time? I have to figure out what is locking up the system. I am hoping it isnt my hard drive crashing or my video grafics card going away, everything is only a year old. Any ideas or need more info?
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sorry, windows xp service pack 2
Fixed it..yeah this one came out of nowhere, turns out the cooling fan on my big dollar video card stopped turning, and man did that thing get hot. Card is mounted upside down so I didnt see the fan until I got to look from below the machine. I hit it with electronics cleaner and it is alive again and so far the system is staying up. This really caused some strange lockups, sometimes when resetting the system would just sit there and not even run the memory tests. But all is well now, thanks for the responses!
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