However, it's a little different
first the background and system:
Windows XP Professional, volume license, WGA verified
Custom PC, AMD Athlon 64 4800+ 2.5g speed ASUS motherboard
300gig SATA with 2 partitions, older hacked xp, and current xp
now, my "c" drive is my older hacked xp, which stopped booting a while ago, and my "e" drive is my clean, legit, working as of a few days ago xp professional.
So, as explained in that previous post, the system will run bios, and then hang before displaying the boot menu with a blank screen and a blinking cursor. HOWEVER, if my windows cd is in the drive [memorex DVD burner] it will wait for a key input to boot from cd [which works], and if not, the system will continue on to the boot screen and boot as normal.
Now, as I typed that, I thought "I wonder if it would act the same way with a different bootable cd, or if it only works with the windows disk" so I am going to try that when I am finished with this post.
I have not yet run chkdsk from the recovery console [which I added to the boot menu now, great idea I found when trying to troubleshoot this]. However, I have tried the fixmbr command and it did not work.
Another thing that I have found in searching around the web for info about this problem, was that some people theorized that it might have something to do with the CD drive. About a week or so before this happened, I insatalled a program called DVD43 in order to convert some DVD's to IPOD format. I am wondering if this program could somehow have something to do with the problem?
Also of note, the very first time this happened, was when I sat down at the computer and woke it up from sleep/powersaving mode, and it woke up and almost immediately rebooted, right into the blinking cursor screen.
any suggestions would be great, my next 2 steps will be trying a different bootable cd, and then reporting back here, and then trying a repair installation.