Yes, thanks, I tried that command, but I will try it again. The problem with recovery console now is that it no longer asks for my admin PW, and prompt says C:\> NOT C:\WINDOWS as it used to.
I can't get online with the machine that is down, so I can't use the hard drive diagnostic tool and the machine I'm currently on is crap and not mine
And, yes, I did try a different keyboard. Nada. No bootup options work at all -- not Safe Mode, not Last Good Config, etc.
When I get home I am going to try
1-booting from Windows CD by setting up BIOS
2-installing damaged hard drive as slave to this one to access documents and save to flash stick.