Thanx for your response. Can't seem to boot into Safe Mode as I could earlier. I've tried an XP re-install several times, including formatting, without success. I get all the way to "Starting Windows" and then get the blue screen right after the logo shows up. I've also tried a different HD with the same results. How could I check to see if it's a hardware problem? I've tried switching RAM sticks. Incidentally, I've tried use the Recovery Console to run 'fixboot' and ''scandisk' but the DO command for /r isn't accepted. Do I use 'chkdsk/r' or just /r or maybe chkdsk.c=/r? Thanx for your patience.
You need a space: It should be 'chkdsk /r' Can you give some more info on your computer: OEM brand name, self built ? What type of RAM, psu, video card ? Have you ever successfully booted into XP ? "I've tried switching RAM sticks." Do you mean that you switched slots ? Try with just one stick. You could also run memtest to check the RAM.
Computer is custom with P4 1.6GHz CPU/40GB HD/756MB SDRAM/GeForce2mx400 video card/Sound Blaster audio. I tried each stick in both slots, one at a time and both sticks in different slot positions. I finally got the /r command right and after running that the blue screen didn't come up, but I got: "boot failed because \windows\system\configuration\system is missing or corrupted." It then said to return to Recovery to fix this, but I'm not sure what I would do there. I'll try memtest. Will a program like windebug or regcure boot and run from the CD with the kind of problems I'm having? I can get into Safe Mode now, but it doesn't complete the boot - I get a long list of drivers. Thanx again for your help.
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