A friend left her laptop with me when she went out-of-town. The machine was running very slowly. Her Norton antivirus didn't findany viruses, but Spybot and Adware found lots of junk, which I removed. I also ran disk clean-up, checkdisk and defrag. She also hasn't updated in a long time, so I helpfully (!) ran Windows Update. A
As the machine was downloading/installing a long list, the screen went dark and hung there. Eventually I powered down. When I brought it back up, XP won't boot.
The computer is an IBM ThinkPad, type 2656, model R31, running Windows XP Pro.
After the initial 'IBM ThinkPad' screen I get the dos screen: 'We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start properly...." and a choice of 5 possible ways to reload.
With 'Normal' and 'Last known good configuration' the machine goes to a Windows XP Pro start-up screen, then through 3 black dos screens describing the system, and (I think) what it's trying to boot to. Then there is one loud beep and those screens begin cycling through again. Endlessly.
Choosing any of the 'safe' mode options, I may/may not get dos script lines filling the page. They all begin with 'multi(0) disk(0) rdisk(0) partition (0). Then nothing happens after that.
Yikes. I don't want to lose her data (if it's still there). She probably doesn't even have system disks (she bought this machine used off Craig's List.)
Ideas, other than taking this humbly to a tech?