|Have a real jam up here. Think it might be the HDD. Comp froze the other day (unusual), so I restarted it. It would go through POST, and then when Windows began to load, it would restart itself. That amusing loop kept going. I tried to start in safe mode. It displays the list of files that it's loading, and every time, it would stop on agp440.sys. I believe, from searching, that it's irrelevant. agp440.sys is simply the last file to be loaded, and disabling it only causes startup to get stuck at the preceding file.|
I belive the HDD is working - I can hear it, and I can access the recovery partition. It loads the windows logo, etc, so it must be able to read something. However, if I try the windows recovery tool, it ends in a blue screen that says there was a problem mounting the boot (volume?).
I removed the HDD, and brought it to a friends house, who runs vista. We changed his BIOS to boot from his drive (since when we attached mine, it tried to boot from my IDE drive, and the same problem occurred). Once we had it booting from his SATA drive, it would load the initial Vista screen, then a black line through the display, and then the screen would go blank. It simply stayed that way, all the while trying to access my HDD (which I could hear and feel).
Any ideas on this? I can't understand why his Vista wouldn't load, since it was obviously booting from his SATA disc. I have lots of data on the HDD, and am trying to find a way to resolve this without doing a complete system recovery (i.e. factory config).
Thanks for any help you can offer.