I see these issues often when an owner installs Windows themselves. Usually with many hours invested I find a driver for motherboard or other component that was overlooked.
This is why I suggest use of the laptop's restore CDs then upgrade to XP Pro. Most owners couldn't be bothered to find every driver...
My Toshiba Core 2 Duo, WinXP Pro SP2, laptop has developed very strange behavior at boot time:
1) Booting occurs normally, and the system runs as
2) Booting hangs in the "Windows Starting Up" phase
and requires booting into Safe Mode.
3) In Safe Mode, there is complete access to all of
my files and directories.
When this first occurred several days ago, I did a Repair Install from the WinXP Pro SP2 CD. After the system was back to the expected configuration, I created a Restore Point. I was able to recover from the most recent hang in boot by booting into Safe Mode, then selecting a restore from the Restore Point I created previously. This operation was successful, and the system is running fine. Does anyone have any clues as to what is happening? This is frustrating and a real time waster. Thanks.