problem with Win 7 bootup

Hi - I have a fairly new Dell win 7 machine that when you try to boot it up into normal mode, it just hangs on the "Starting Windows" splash screen, and doesnt go anywhere. If i attempt safe mode, it will show the attached pic. it will start loading files, and then hang after hal.dll. I've checked hardware with diagnostics, and all is good there. If i run "repair your computer" it just hangs and doesnt go anywhere. Any help would be appreciated!
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
you can also see if the hardware is ok - whenit runs from a linux, or Knoppix live cd 

i would suggest you to start with the minimum devices connected, as described in my article :                  (Short-overview-of-how-to-troubleshoot-bad-hardware-when-a-pc-does-not-post)

in case the disk has problems, use this :
Pramod UbheCommented:
Looks like you have recently modified some hardware/driver and it is not working properly.
How about last known good configuration?
hodgemAuthor Commented:
tried that - same thing
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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
Try booting from your windows 7 cd

Sounding like your hard drive has corruption

Do you have another hard drive around?
If so put that in the machine and try to install windows 7 on it see what happens
Appears to be a hard disk corruption, bad sector, bad block.

Can you do a parallel installation ? If your primary partition does not contains crucial data, try reinstalling windows.

Before that I would say try to boot from CD and choose to perform a check disk from command prompt.
When the repair tool opens up try the system restore option.  If that doesn't work then your only other option is to backup your data and do a reinstall.  I use a Linux live CD like Knoppix to back up the data to an external drive.  I know that formatting and reinstalling (or factory restore) sounds like giving up but it is usually what you will end up doing anyway because if you can't boot into Windows at all, you are really limited in what options you have.
hodgem - what was the solution?
hodgem -any feedback??
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