I installed a different (correct) AC'97 audio driver on my comp. After a reboot, the computer would freeze once it got into the desktop. Couldn't figure out what was causing it, so I decided to repair my WinXP install. Once the files are copied and Setup tries to restart the computer it boots for a while and then it crashes with a BSOD, showing a BAD_POOL_HEADER error for a couple of seconds. At the bottom it mentions a file name VOLSNA2K.SYS. Then it resets and tries to start again, causing a neverending loop of BAD_POOL_HEADER BSOD and restarts.
I tried to research this problem, people saying that BAD_POOL_HEADER is caused by Networking cards, so I took the card out, no result, I deactivated the onboard audio, no result, some people said it's related to SP2, so I tried installing WinXP without a SP slipstreamed -> no result. Some people said it's related to the Microsoft Indexing Service and to de-activate it, but I can't even boot into safe mode anymore, because I ran Setup and it tells me it can't run Setup in safe mode. As you can see, I'm pretty stuck.
Any ideas, short of HDD format and starting all over?