Thanks in advance.
HP a1410 Media Center
XP Media Center
Symantec AV corporate
I looked over most of the provided solutions on this site (albeit quickly) on this subject, and have already tried most of them (the ones that made sense to try).
Scanned for viruses with internal and external scanner.
Ran Chkdsk; no drive corruption noted.
restored ntoskrnl.exe from the XP disk.
Heres the deal: I noticed that computer hope recommended swapping out the keyboard (which did nothing), BUT after trying different ports/keyboards/mice I was finally able to replicate the error (with consistency). The error only appears if something is plugged into the USB bus(es); and, the PS2 mouse port appears to be dead. When there are no USB devices connected, the OS boots fine. Sounds like a hardware/mobo issue, but why? Why would an electrical issue cause the system to return an error stating that the kernel is corrupted? I'm really more interested in the why, because I'll most likely just replace the board.