Firstly, let me clarify a few things:
My laptop is Rock Pegasus Ti 1.8Ghz. Yeah, I'd never heard of Rock either.
I have no XP CD; my laptop came without one.
I do have a recovery disc, but it doesn't have XP files on it.
I have no floppy drive.
A couple of weeks ago while I was using my laptop, I got a blue screen of death and was asked to reboot. I did, it started making nasty grinding sounds and I got a message saying 'Boot Sector Invalid. Press H to try again or any other key for floppy'. Pressing H gives me the same message. When I opt for the floppy boot, I can use the recovery disc to set windows up, but then it tells me that no hard drives are found and that I have to reboot.
Sometimes I don't get the 'boot sector invalid' message, it just comes up the boot options screen (HD, Floppy or CD).
After the recovery CD finishes its business, I can sometimes start windows, but more often I just get the no hard drives message and have to reboot.
I can get to the recovery console through the recovery disc, but it tells me my administrator password is incorrect.
I've tried to install the recovery console when Windows is running, but after it confirms that its installed, the option to select it doesn't come up when I boot, even if I don't get any error messages - So I can't use fixboot, fixmbr, etc.
I've tried making a Slipstreamed XP + SP2 disc, but I keep getting errors concerning missing files whenever I try.
Windows is still working for now if I have some patience and reboot again and again, but the problem seems to be getting worse and it's getting more difficult to boot. I don't want to have to send my [bleep] laptop for repair yet again, and I think the warranty's expired now.
Can anyone help? Thanks in advance!