I´m extremely busy right now and cannot afford to be without a computer for long. There is very little work I can get done without my laptop. Sad but true.
First I should say that I ab/used this computer heavily. I also used it in an unconventional way: sitting not on landscape view, but on vertical view (the graphics card allowed that) so I get more room vertically (ideal for coding and reading papers). I wonder if that position for long has harmed the computer... but I digress.
The computer doesn't boot, not even in safe mode. When in normal mode, I get the windows welcome screen, then it freezes on a blank screen.
When in safe mode, there is a long list of msgs showing what is installed. When reaching agp.sys, there is a prompt: press ESC to about loading SPTD.sys.
This is all I get. pressing ESC doesn't get you back to booting.
Reading online, it seems that this archive is part of daemon tools (I have it installed).
It may be that reinstalling windows will fix it.
Problem is, I have no CD drive! I have a secondary battery and I misplaced the swappable CD-drive.
Is there any way I can reinstall XP from an USB external HD?
I'm also considering buying a new comp. off ebay (if it's faster)! Of course, this is not an ideal solution as I\m now in Spain, laptops are about 1/3 more expensive than in the US, plus they have the Spanish keyboard which I don't like.
Any ideas? Thanks a lot in advance!