I tried to go into safe-mode. Booted with the same blank screen except safe-mode was on all four corners but still no response to anything.
I then tried to get into bios setup to see if anything was out of sorts. There was a password on the bios which I did not remember. So I removed the internal battery and it reset the bios so I was able to get it. I reset the defaults to make sure and saved and rebooted. It then came up with a black screen with blinking cursor.
I then booted from XP CD and tried to repair but it could not find a hard disk.
I went back into BIOS and saw SATA NATIVE: ENABLED. I set it to disabled and restarted and ran windows repair and it found the windows installation. I tried to repair by just pressing enter to do a fresh install. It said it found the existing and would I like to repair and I said yes. It did it's thing for a while and rebooted but then came back and just sat at a blank screen for a long time with nothing. I waited for about 10 mins with not hearing the hard drive or anything going and rebooted.
It then tried to boot to up with the windows XP loading screen and freezes and sits there and eventually comes up with a blue screen and restarts.
Now I booted up with the XP CD and press R for the Recovery Console and then got the command prompt and ran the fixboot and fixmbr and rebooted, nothing fixed.
Back to Recovery Console and am currently running chkdsk /r
Hoping this works. Any thoughts or comments that might help would be appreciated.
PS. I also tried running Puppy Linux to see if I could recover the files on the HDD but it comes up and says Image Checksum Error. Reboot to retry. I tried it on another Gateway Laptop and it boots up fine to Puppy Linux. Maybe I will try [bleep] Small Linux next.