I think over the past month I've dug myself quite a hole
Some background in case it's pertinent....(sorry, this got rather long)
Dell Dimension 8400 with XP Pro including Service Pack 2. I run Windows Auto-Update, so it should have all the latest updates.
System was basically running ok except I was having problems with both of my internal IDE CD/DVD drives. Windows saying there was a problem with the driver, either it was missing or corrupt. I tried repeatedly to update the driver, but it said it couldn't find a better match. Also at first login I would get the following error:
The specified module could not be found
It had been doing this for a while, but didn't seem to have any noticeable impact. I've been stalling until I could afford a new computer capable of playing all the new games my kids are dying to play.
Then things got seriously worse.... I rebooted the system and got the error message saying:
"We apologize for the inconvenience but Windows did not start successfully......."
I tried the various choices (last known good, etc...) with the same results including in Safe Mode.
Safe Mode starts loading the drivers stopping at ......\agpCPQ.sys
and then it Blue Screens with the message "A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down...."
STOP: 0x0000007B (0x0F7CAF524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
I read the "How-to repair Windows XP" (and went and bought a new external CD/DVD so I could hopefully repair) and things were looking more promising booting from the Dell Reinstallation XP Pro CD. Setup would load the devices and drivers as described in the "How-to", and then states "Setup is starting Windows" and then I get the same BSoD STOP error.
So....am I totally toast now or is there still hope?
Thanks for any help, Best Wishes and Happy Holidays!