I am working on a Dell Inspiron 8500, Windows XP Home Edition computer. The laptop has recently decided it no longer wants to boot in Normal Mode. When attempting to boot it up in Normal Mode the computer reaches the Windows “splash” screen, and the screen goes away and proceeds to turn black. Hard-drive activity is still noticeable. The computer can be booted in Safe-mode with no problems; however, Safe-mode gets old very fast. I assumed the problem had something to do with the video driver, and still kind of do, but it is sort of odd that when the computer boots in Safe-mode the video display remains normal. I go to delete the video driver, but being that there is only one present it will not let me because it is necessary for the computer to operate. It is like the Standard Video driver you normally find in Safemode is missing?? (how would I get the standard/basic driver?). I have updated the current video driver. I have already uninstalled the Network card driver and that did not resolve the problem. Additionally, I have attempted to boot the computer using Diagnostic Startup and Selective Startup (about every option), none of which have worked for me. I have also checked for Spyware and Viruses. No System Restore Points are available. Any ideas on how to get this system working again normally without trying a reinstall or repair?
Thanks for your suggestions and help,