Sorry for the x post but I need help big time...
I installed a new motherboard and cpu in my system as I fried the old ones.
I did not do a clean install of Windows XP as my HP Pavilion system did not
come with any recovery cd's so I hooked my existing hard drive up to the
system and powered up.
Anyway, it powers up ok but the first time I switched it on there was a blue
error screen that flashed on for a second and then the system rebooted
Now when I power on I can get past the bios screen ok but before the windows
logo appears I get the boot menu offering safe mode , safe mode with
networking, normal mode etc. A message appears on this screen saying that
the options appear as windows xp did not shut down correctly etc etc
If I choose normal mode then a white progress bar at the bottom of the
screen appears, it gets to the end of it and sits there.....for ever. If I
choose safe mode then it shows it loading all the files from the hard drive
and it gets to a file agp440.sys and it sits there...forever. So whatever
this file is it is causing the system to hang,
Various fixes I have seen include getting into Windows and disabling the
agp440.sys service. But I cannot get into xp at all as my system did not
come with boot cd's.
I can boot to a win98 floppy ok but I cannot access drive c: as it is ntfs,
I thought maybe I could rename agp440.sys to something else.
Any ideas on how to get round this agp440.sys problem? I really don't
want to do a clean install as I have no win xp cd's. My hp pavilion system
contains it's setup files on some hidden partition on the drive.
But I can print.