BSOD execute non-executable memory problem

I have a laptop one of my users found a creative way to bomb.  It will not boot in either regular or safe mode.  I found an earlier answer that directed me to bootdisk.com and I downloaded their bootdisk with editor.  Upon loading it, the program notes that there are two volumes on Disk1.  Volume1 is described as unknown.  Volume2 is labelled as Windows NTFS.  The are both labelled as not initialized and the software also notes that the partitions are not found by XP_SHELL.  Is this system toast?  I cannot figure out how to edit the boot.ini file.
jhruzekAsked:
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StyphonCommented:
If you can use bootdisk to edit Volume 2 and initialize it then it should boot. If not then it's toast.
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jhruzekAuthor Commented:
I do not know how to access that volume.  The program will not accept a drive letter.
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StyphonCommented:
Unfortunately I've never used the program myself. It won't assign drive letters. From the looks of that report it will be on partition 2. Try using "help" and read up on the syntax of the commands. From there you should be able to work out how to reinitialize the partition.
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jhruzekAuthor Commented:
The help file wasn't much help.  Basic navigation directions in the dos world.  I cannot even find how to save changes and exit the file.  I do not remember my dos commands.
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StyphonCommented:
Me neither. The only thing I can suggest is try and get your hands on a DOS or WIN 95 boot disk. They have the power to initialise a disk.
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jhruzekAuthor Commented:
If I initialize the disk, will I loose everything on it?
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StyphonCommented:
No, initializing the disk will only activate it. A disk must be initialized for an operating system to be bootable. But just to be on the safe side, I'd place the disk in another machine and make a backup.
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ridCommented:
"Initialize" sounds scary to me. What I was thinking was that the partition had become "Not active", in which case it needs to be set active again. There are tools around to do this. In fact you may have use for a Knoppix Live CD or something similar, to inspect the drive for data and partition status. (www.knoppix.org)
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StyphonCommented:
Rid, that's exactly what initializing the disk does, it sets it to Active.
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ridCommented:
Aha. OK, in ancient computerese it was a low-level format (but that was before even the IDE interface, of course).
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jhruzekAuthor Commented:
To initialize the disk, do I run fdisk?  Is this a feature on a Win98 boot disk?
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ridCommented:
fdisk can set partitions active. It's on a 98 boot floppy as far as I can remember.
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StyphonCommented:
yea, that's what I was thinking of when I asked if you had a 95 boot disk. Although it is also available on a 98 boot disk.
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jhruzekAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the long delay since my last posting.  The thing I have a problem with is that the computer attempts to login into Windows.  The splash screen comes up and it does not immediately go to the BSOD.  If it does this, why would the drive need to be initialized?
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StyphonCommented:
Because after several tests we determined that the disk was not initialised. The system was trying to boot to a non-initialised (or active) disk and wasn't liking it. And if that doesn't work you're looking at a re-format.
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ridCommented:
If the splash screen comes up, I'd be prepared to suspect the partition is indeed bootable, but the boot process is messed up somehow. Cut your losses, rescue any data off of the hard drive, re-install the O/S  of your choice. Save time and frustration that goes with more or less hopeless rescue missions.
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