Master Boot record.
If you can start with the XP CD, try to open the repair console. If you can, when you get to the DOS-like screen, type this:
hit enter and type:
It'll reboot. If no joy, do it again and type:
accept any warnings and type exit, it'll reboot.
If no joy your only alternative is to put the drive into and external USB-2 case and connect to another PC for data retrieval.
AMD Processor. Windows XP. Not sure about the other specifics. I'm at work and can't check.
I go to boot up the computer. It has me select whether to pick SM, last known good start, SM with network, and regular start up. No matter what I pick it goes to the Windows XP load screen (with the blue crawler at under the logo). From there it briefly flashes a blue screen - I can't see the error message. Then the process repeats. F10, F12, F8 nothing works. I tried to reinstall the OS with the CD and even it locked up. I've never had that happen.
If I can just get my data off my HD I'll be happy. Anybody have any ideas?