The disk checking started after I accidently hit the off switch on my power strip while the computer was on. It works fine on two disks but just sits there while checking the 3rd disk. 98 is on C drive and that is the one that is giving the problem. XP is on D drive and all my records are on E drive. I can reinstall XP and it stops the problem. If something happens and I get a bad shutdown, which does happen, the disk checking starts again and will just sit there when it gets to C drive.
Do not have a HP scanner. My scanner is a Mustet 1200 UB plus. It will not work with XP even with the drivers downloaded for it.