OK, the first one lets us know that boot.ini has loaded. NTLDR is responsible for that and is loaded from your hard drive (so the hard drive is likely to be working).
Next comes the routine for pressing F8 to access Safe Mode - which appears to work, but doesn't finish
Next comes Ntdetect.com which does hardware detection
Next comes the loading of the system hive (the system thing in the last line of your post).
As you don't get the System error unless you're going into Safe Mode, I wonder if this is a case of ntdetec.com not being able to enumerate all of your hardware. Have you disconnected every piece of non-essential hardware that you can?
Interestingly, I have found (once) that a bad cable could cause this sort of error. I'd suggest checking the cables to your hard drives and your CD/DVD drives and trying others that are known to be good.
Edited by usasma, 26 May 2008 - 05:47 PM.
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