Tried Last Known, Safe Mode... didn't work (displays things to screen but stops after ...\system32\drivers\agpcpq.sys). Did F11 to start Recovery. Brings up PC Angel. Not sure what this is. Get Hard Disk preparation, Copying Files... on left side of window and says to "Insert System Restore CD#1 now." Was afraid this might reformat my drive, so turned off machine.
Inserted XP Media Center CD. Got R off recovery partition and Q off hard disk. Q not work. R brings up PC Angel again, so shut off PC. Tried off cd again, get "Press R to display Emachines Recovery options (counts down to 321)." Then displays, "Press F11 to start Recovery." Then, brings up the "Windows error, boot safemode options...". Shut off machine as not sure what to do.
Booklet from emachines says F11 should give Full System Restore (Destructive) and Full System Restore with Backup, but with Backup mode would have to reinstall all the programs. Backup mode is a possibility, but I seem to recall being able to reinstall Windows (like a repair of the files) on our old machine and I didn't lose the programs or the data, but I can't figure out how to do that on this machine. Or, did I lose that ability when I picked the F11 recovery console? What do I do?