(compaq pressario R3000 laptop) , and it will show the Windows XP screen and the option of F12 for entering bios. Then it goes to a message saying "We are sorry for the inconvenience, but windows was unable to start..blahblah...then I have the choice of staring in safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt or last known configuration and regular start up. I've tried them all and with the safe mode it starts to stream in line after line of something like
multi(0)disk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\System32\BATTC.SYS There are several lines like this but with different endings. The last line that it stops at (and goes no further in booting into safemode-just gets "stuck"? here) is \DRIVERS\tiumf lt.sys
I should say that all of the lines end with .sys
If I try to boot using everything else (but the "safe mode" option) it just goes to a black screen. It was working fine last evening. We used it for a game that is on my harddrive. Occasionally when leaving the game the computer tends to freeze up. So, I end up having to reboot it- and then the computer goes on it's merry way with no lasting effects. But last night after needing to re-boot it, that is when I started getting the message saying I needed to start up with the options aforementioned. I know that this is a lot of rambling on, but I'm hoping someone has some good news for me. I have Norton anti virus that I've paid a year subscription to and has dealt with quarantining and deleteing found viruses. So, I hope that it's no a virus....Thanks to you all for your time and dedication to someone like myself that can get by with the knowledge we have but this is beyond my scope of complete understanding.