No matter what option I choose, bad things happen.
Last good config and Start windows normally = both send me into a black screen from which I never recover.
Safe mode w/ networking/command prompt = I get a long list of text, various things being loaded, it gets to loading Mup.sys and then freezes. I was advised to wait a long time, as loading can be slow ... left it overnight and nothing. It just sits there.
Um ... I took out the hard drive, put it in a spare laptop and got blue screen of death on it. So I reinstalled windows and it's now working absolutely fine. I put it back in the broken laptop and .... nothing.
Uh ... trying to think of anything else that might be helpful. I tried running it on both AC and battery (which is plenty charged) and neither made a difference. I took out the DVD drive and tried without that = no change. I also did this for the floppy drive just in case. Only other thing I can think of is the video card.
I did switch out the RAM, but the only spare RAM I had lying around was also potentially questionable. Does this sound like a RAM issue anyway?
Oy. I have no idea what to do from here ... it's getting frustrating and I'd hate to have to throw it out, poor thing.