Hi all! Having a bit of trouble with a Compaq Presario 700 Laptop. It's been working fine the whole time I've had it until tonight - I installed Flight Simulator 2004, launched it, found it ran badly, updated the graphics drivers, found flight sim played a lot better, played it for a while and then closed the lid on the laptop to go watch something on TV. (Set to do nothing when I close the lid). When I opened the lid again, it was sitting on a BSOD. It gives me BSODs all the time, which I had chalked up to overheating (a common problem on these things). Now, on booting it will not load windows. I get the Compaq BIOS splash screen, then blank. Nothing. If I hit F8, I can get the XP Boot menu. On selecting Most Recent Settings that Worked, I get the blank screen where it sits for ages then reboots itself. If I select Safe Mode, I get:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
Please re-install a copy of the above file.
Before I attempt to reformat and reinstall XP, anyone got any ideas? I personally think hard drive failure, but I want some other opinions too. It's a 40gb Seagate Momentus that's in it.
Sorry for the rather long winded first post, but any help, comments, suggestions much appreciated!