If you CTRL-ALT-DEL, after awhile, the blue screen will appear, then after pressing ENTER, the CLOSE box will come up. If a normal boot has been allowed (I haven't unchecked all items in STARTUP through MSCONFIG), it's always SPOOL32 that's "not responding", but I'm sure that's a symptom, not the problem.
I can only boot to safe mode. I've tried unchecking everything in STARTUP (when this happened before, that did the trick, and I slowly added items, finally discovering through online research that AVG_CC was the conflict culprit), but no dice this time. I uninstalled all my virus/spy protection (AVG, Ad-Aware, Pest Patrol), concerned about a conflict. Even with all of it uninstalled, it was the same series of events in normal boot mode.
Despite a heavy load of a variety of application software, this system has run fine for weeks in between these two episodes and for months prior to the first time I had this problem. Because of the heavy load of software and substantial difficulty getting my Palm to work with it, I'd sure like to avoid an Opsys reload.
I've looked through 20 pages of these postings, tried several different suggestions - no avail. (How do you restore a 'corrupted' system file through File Checker while running in safe mode with no CD-ROM support? A conundrum for an old programmer like me with limited op sys experience).
Hey, thanks for taking a look.