My problem started when I tried to install Scrabble (Win 95/98 compatible) The installation failed (didn't read the fail notice) and I restarted my computer. After the restart the PC would not boot in any mode. In safe mode it hangs on agp440.sys and then restarts the boot cycle. From this I could do nothing...no recovery console, nothing.
Most frustrating is that i couldn't access any recovery/diagnostic tools via the CD ROM. All I could access was the safe mode/normal mode screen and the advanced options screen and all those options simple restarted the bootless cycle.
To compound the problem the XP disc got stuck in the CD drive and I couldn't get it out. After an hour of paper clipping at the CD door I got the bright idea (of a novice) to open the box and unplug my CD disc drive and replug it. The result...my CD drive is not responding at all.
The floppy disc drive still works with which I can use the XP floppy boot disc and MS DOS.
So my questions are:
Can I troubleshoot and repair my PC in DOS mode and how? I need steps to follow.
Secondly, What did i do to my CD drive by unplugging it from the PC and how do I get them working again?