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OK, so this problem is relatively complicated. I am trying to fix a friend's Gateway laptop. When attempting to boot it up, it goes to the screen giving options for entering safe mode. Attempting to enter safe mode results in the computer rebooting after failing to successfully load Windows. When attempting to enter safe mode with a command prompt, a list of files scrolls by very quickly and freezes on a file called agpCPQ.sys before eventually restarting. Occasionally these reboots lead to the BSOD.

When booting from the Windows XP CD, the setup makes it to the point that I can attempt a fresh install or repair, but when either option is selected, it freezes on "Examining 76320MB Disk 0 at ID 0 on bus 0 on atapi".

In a nutshell, I can't boot in normal mode, I can't boot in safe mode, I can't reinstall such that I can reformat the hard drive, and I can't repair the installation. Somehow, I need to wipe the computer and start anew; until I can do so, the computer is useless.

Please help!
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Please view this Topic and see if its any help.

Good Luck,

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Please view this Topic and see if its any help.

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I did see that thread. I didn't see anything that would help in there, though.

I can't perform the repair installation... or even the full reinstall. I don't need to save anything on the system; I am fine with wiping it and starting over... but I can't even get to the point that I can do that.
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Try getting your Hard Driver and slaving it to another computer.

In other words, disconnect your hard drive from your computer, and connect it to a friends and format it through there.

This will involve opening your computer and your friend's computer, so please be careful.

Please view this article on how to slave your Hard Drive.

Good Luck,

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Try getting your Hard Driver and slaving it to another computer.

In other words, disconnect your hard drive from your computer, and connect it to a friends and format it through there.

This will involve opening your computer and your friend's computer, so please be careful.

Please view this article on how to slave your Hard Drive.

Good Luck,

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Ah, therein lies the problem... the second computer is a laptop.
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You can always use a friends computer or you can buy a Hard Drive Adapter.

Take a look at this product. You can use this to extract data from your hard drive.

Good Luck,

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You can always use a friends computer or you can buy a Hard Drive Adapter.

Take a look at this product. You can use this to extract data from your hard drive.

Good Luck,

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The broken computer is the one that is a laptop. Mine is a desktop. I'm very familiar with the internals of my computer (I built it), but I've never owned (let alone opened) a laptop. Can I just open it up and pop the hard drive out pretty easily?
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Wait I think I might be confused.

Please clarify for me, the broken computer is the Laptop.

The laptop is one that cannot boot at all.

The good computer is a Desktop.

Is all this correct?
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Wait I think I might be confused.

Please clarify for me, the broken computer is the Laptop.

The laptop is one that cannot boot at all.

The good computer is a Desktop.

Is all this correct?


You got it!
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OK I think I found the perfect article for you.

As I am not very good with the insides of a computer, I refer to online articles on how to do stuff, such as replacing a CD Drive.

Anyways, please go here and see how to connect your laptop Hard Driver to your Desktop Computer.

Good Luck,

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Great, thanks for all the help! I will investigate this avenue as soon as I can get my hands on an adapter like that.

Thanks again!
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OK. Glad to help.
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