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I think you need to reload windows with a operating system disk. Most times the Factory Recovery discs don't work.
Get a windows operating system disk and just reload windows. The disk must match the Certificate of Authentication (COA) sticker on the bottom of her laptop. In other words, don't use a Windows XP Home operating system disk if the COA sticker says Windows XP Professional or you'll never be able to activate windows.
Some systems may take a bit to boot at times. Windows has to do a number of functions during startup. Have you tried just leaving it run after you see the windows logo and wait several minutes? If not, give it a try. If after about 5 minutes you see nothing, get back to me.
Since the logo appears, you have video. Although the screen goes blank after this mostly means that Windows is still loading and has to perform some tasks and possible system correction issues. Let it run like I mantioned above and see what happens. Thanks
When you first turn on the computer, start tapping the F8 key to bring up the safe mode screen. You have a very short window in which to press the F8 key before XP loads, so it is possible to miss it. If this happens, just restart it and try it again. Once you are on the safe mode screen, select the enable VGA mode. This will boot your computer to a default 640 x 480 resolution so you can change it back to normal.
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You need to solve the overheating problem first. Shut down the computer, unplug it and remove the bottom cover. Clean the dust and lint. Blow compressed air from a compressed air can. Re-install the cover and restart your computer. If you own a laptop, the fan should be running ALL THE TIME, sometimes slow, sometimes fast buta always running. Check the the fan is blowing air. If it is not, you'll need to replace it before doing anything else.