pc broken what to do ...

right was playign eve online this morning on windows xp. it broke froze up so i turned power off now when i turn it on the graphics are dull and theres like vertical lines that are semi pixelated. this is the last time i use windows i think but i need to gain important files before putting in a ubuntu cd to install it. google just has masses of crap that i cant find the right help, so yup im gonna ask a linux forum for help on windows thats how desperate i am.

i got a reply for anyone else that ends up stuck like me, shud of posted here 1st

If you boot with any Linux distro on a USB you should be able to tell if its XP or your screen. I have successfully retrieved files from Windows machines using a Linux USB stick. (see Mark’s advice).