my HP laptop with XP SP1 on it recently lay down and refused to do anymore work.
in fact it wont even boot up. and i cant log in to safe mode to see if there any virus/hardware/software problems etc. when i select safe mode, it starts to load up and then blue screens and resets. this blue screen appears and disappears so quickly that i cant read the error message
i can do a hard disk test via the BIOS and this comes up clean.
i done a CHKDSK via DOS.....everything ok.
i've tried to repair the installation using the XP disc, but when i select option 1 on the menu, nothing happens.
could this problem have arisen due to me adding an external USB hard drive? i'm thinking possible conflicts.
let me know your thoughts. a clean install is a possible solution, but only as a last resort.