UPDATE - Now am at my desktop image with an operational mouse but no icons, taskbars etc. This took 10 minutes to get to - I've no idea whether to wait, reboot, or ??
Hi All and much thanks for reading.
I've had an interesting attempt at working my way out of a failed/non-boot XP SP2 install. I had what appeared to be a flawless install from Update - problems only started when I went blue screen on reboot. I progressed past the XP slash, saw a slight video resize on the screen then blue screen.
Attempts at safe booting similarly failed.
P3 1Ghz CPU
ASUS P3V4X mobo BIOS 1.006beta (latest)
Voodoo Banshee 16Mb AGP
40Gb 10Gb HDD
BenQ 52x24x52x CD-RW, BenQ 52x CD-ROM
(40Gb/CD-RW on WD PCI-IDE card).
I followed instructions to recover to XP SP1 on http://www.jsifaq.com/SUBQ/tip8300/rh8339.htm but on the batch run I had many 'access denied' or 'no matching file' lines - despite the majority indicating successful file copying.
NOW, the reboot locks at the same point so I can't complete the recovery. I guess that some core software that was NOT overwritten/access denied/not matched during the batch is causing this problem.
I'm stuck - where to from here ?
Any brilliant minds out there - thanks for ANY advice.