In the interest of not hijacking someone else' troubleshooting thread, I'm starting a new one, but I don't know if anyone will be able to help me at this point. Here's the situation:
I passed an older HP computer "sight unseen" on to a friend to let his kids use so they wouldn't keep bugging him for his laptop. It was all "new" (three years ago!), sealed in the box and never used (the person that bought it passed away) but now that my friend is trying to set it up, it won't boot. He is completely computer illiterate but I walked him through trying to boot in safe mode but he still got the same blue screen of death error. I told him I'd try to research the issue for him as best I could and head out to his place over the weekend to look at it closer. I'm hoping someone here might have some ideas or let me know what to check for when I get there.
Here's the wee bit of info I have:
HP Pavilion running XP, approximately 3 years old (not sure where/how it was stored)
Regardless of whether its regular or safe mode boot, it comes up with the same error message:
On a more humorous note, trying to get him to read that error message to me was rather entertaining. He was calling colons "those two dots on top of each other," parentheses were "those thingies that you put on stuff you say that you aren't really saying" and semi-colons were "those sperm looking thingies." LMAO :-)