A friend has dropped his laptop on my desk with the comments "it wont load"
Its history is unknown as his son as been playing with it.
It is a new Acer Aspire 5102WLMi running XP Home Edition. It can only be a couple of weeks old and has very little installed.
It boots up fine and jumps straight to the desktop (no password & 1 user account)
However the taskbar never loads completely, it is visible with the start button and time but nothing else.
When the mouse pointer is hovered over it, it simply shows the hourglass. Clicking L or R buttons, the start button on the keyboard all yield nothing
The desktop icons are present but also do nothing, as does the desktop.
Typing in the title of this question into google shows some newsgroup results but I am unable to view them because of the company webblocker.
Trying to boot in safe mode crashes the computer with a large block of white text on black background all saying:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\***.sys where *** are all different filenames e.g. ultra.sys, disk.sys, agp440.sys etc etc
I have let the diskchecker do its job without finding anything.
I cant enter MSCONFIG as I cant access the Run box, though when I first booted it up, it opened automatically, after a couple of reboots, it doesnt.
From what I understand it is some kind of problem loading drivers???