Difficulties in turning the laptop n, frozen desktop

athinea49 Posts 1 Registration date Sunday November 25, 2012 Status Member Last seen November 25, 2012 - Nov 25, 2012 at 02:46 AM

my second computer is a 7 year old laptop with windows xp. It has been working properly until this morning. As soon as I turned the power on the eggtime appeared but nothing else. For the last half an hour the desktop is frozen like a photograph without any icons, any ideas what has caused this?
many thanks