I wake up this morning to the S.M.A.R.T. screen stating that the harddrive is about to crash. This is old news to me since it's been like this for quite a while and I "rescued" it from it as best I could. However, now I just want to get into the [bleep] computer and see if I can save any of the files. When it gets past the opening Compaq screen that asks me to press F2 to setup and all of that, which doesn't happen often, it goes to this preboot screen. Called Argos...or something, whatever the company's name that handles that. It gets to that, lists some useless specs and then tells me the Operating System cannot be found.
Now, I've changed the boot order and put the cd drive first and inserted my XP Pro cd. But, it never freaking goes to the recovery console screen. It either goes to the Argos preboot check thingy and tells me it can't find the OS or it gets stuck at the opening screen.
And yes, the hard drive might be dying. But let's disregard that for now.