Unsuccessful startup, can't boot Toshiba Satellite 1405-S151 running Win XP
Posted on 2007-08-04
As stated in subject line, can not get this laptop to boot up. goes to an error mesage stating "Windows did not start successfully". Starting in safe mode, able to see that it loads about 20 commands, and always stops on "....Windows/sys32/drivers/alim1541.sys". Have no clue what or why. did get into bios simply because I did not know what else I could check out, found things as normal as I could expect, thought may have screwed up boot order but was going to HDD as should.
If I let it start Windows normally from the errror message screen, it tries to start for about 5 seconds. Just as it fails, you can see a blue screen flash and dissappear. Can't seem to captue it or slow it down to read message. Appears to be two very short paragraphs, maybe one sentance in first, 2-3 in the second.
Do have the Restore disks, but don't want to lose my friends data.
-Is there a way to capture and read the blue sceen error message?
-Is it even necccessary?
-Can I use restore disks without trashing data?
-Might it be to far gone to worry with any of this?
Thanks E-E Community,