Thanks, I understand a lot better.
There are any number of reasons why this failure to boot may happen, it turns into a guessing game where wrong answers are systematically eliminated...so be patient
Do you have broadband?
The reason that I ask is that I'm considering a repair install of XP, which will leave your data and program files untouched/unchanged, but will require reinstalling all critical updates which have been issued since SP2. Last count I did, that was a total of 93/95 or so and there have been a few more since then.
In order to do that, we need to change your boot options so that booting from CD is the first choice.
When you attempt to boot the system, does it give you a chance to go into SETUP (the BIOS)?
How to get into your computer's BIOS - http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/reinstall-...enter-BIOS.html
Just to give you some idea of what I'm talking about, http://www.hiren.info/pages/bios-boot-cdrom
Once you change the boot option, the system should boot from your XP CD...and we can get on with the repair.
How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 is installed - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=917964
I am bypassing the fixmbr attempt...because the mbr will be changed/repaired as part of the repair install process...as will all other system files. If it fails to boot afterwards, we can immediately eliminate the O/S as part of the problem.
What is the manufacturer/model for the laptop?