Anyway, here's the basis of what I posted originally. (I'm so glad I save everything I post for reference)
As with everyone else my PC halts on agp440.sys at startup. However, I understand why and how to fix it. The real problem for me is that I have no windows CD and thus no way to go to recovery console. If you're curious, it's because I have a student license of XP pro... I can install it, but I can't keep the CD (has to be returned to the student computing office). I've checked around and the offices are closed (end of the semester) and no one I know has a Windows CD on hand; it's like a bad joke or something. Anyway, I'm stuck trying to figure out a solution sans CD.
I've thought about slaving my HDD to another computer and then performing a little manual surgery, but I'm not sure exactly how or what to excise. The only thing I've really been able to come up with is to literally rename the apg440.sys file in system32/drivers, but I figure that'll probably create even more problems. I can't seem to find an option to disable it in registry either, though it would just affect the current windows not the one I've slaved, right?
Anyway, any thoughts on how to get around this problem? I know, I know, annoying, but what can I do. Thanks kindly for any help offered up.