Long story short, I've tried starting in every mode, safe and otherwise, and tried every option from the advanced options section of startup repair, including system restore AND every flavor of factory restore available. Everything fails. How nice; apparently the hard drive is so fubar'd, it can't even factory restore?
So, after 2 days and many hours of being pissed off, I've puppy linux'ed into it and saved all my files and stuff. At this point, I don't care how it's done or in what way, shape, or form I restore it, I just want it to WORK.
I don't have any installation or repair cds or anything; the computer just came with windows 7 installed.
What can I do?