Has Startup Repair completed successfully - or did it report that it was unable to repair any problems? In which kind of boot (Safe/Normal mode) does it stop at crcdsk.sys?
When the first HP screen comes up when first booting the computer, press the "Esc" key. That should get you to a boot menu where you can force the system to boot from the OEM Recovery disk. What happens when you try that?
First, thank you so much for replying to my call for help.
1. When I try to start the computer normally, I get the Windows Error Recovery Screen with the option of Launch startup repair or start windows normally. When I select to start normally, I get the black Microsoft screen with the green traveling bar that goes across the screen once then stops and freezes in this state. When I get out of this and try again, this time selecting startup repair, I get the "Windows is loading files..." and then white bar travels across the screen, completing in about 10 seconds. Next, I get the black Microsoft screen with the green traveling bar. The bar travels for approximately 5 cycles then freezes. There is no apparent activity afterward no matter how long I wait. Now, If I power on/off and go into the advanced boot options and select to start in any of the safe modes, it goes down the list and stops at the driver CRCDSK.SYS. It says please wait on the bottom and freezes on this for an eternity. Note: I can not get into the advanced boot options with the recovery disk in the drive.
2. When I press the ESC key on the HP logo, it gives me a boot menu screen. Number 1 is "ATAPI CD/DVD ROM Drive" and number 2 is "Notebook Hard Drive". It is already on number 1 (highlighted in white) so I press enter on that selection to try to boot from the OEM recovery disk. Next, I hear the disk start spininng , I get a black screen for a few seconds, then a screen that says "Windows is loading files.." with a white bar that begins to slowly travel across the bottom. After a little more than a minute, the bar travels completely across the bottom and then I get a black screen with a cursor blinking in the top left corner for a 10 seconds or so. During this time, the disk stops spinning, starts spinning again, stops spinning and then I get the black Microsoft screen with the green traveling bar. The bar travels partially across once and then stops. There is no hard drive light activity and the CD/DVD Rom drive is quiet. I have left it stay on this screen for up to four hours monitoring it with no changes.
I have about 1000 digital photos of my children/family/vacations, etc on the computer that I would love to be able to salvage. Other than that, I have little other software on there and all of that can be reloaded at some point. I would love to just have a working computer again. I do not have a VISTA installation disc, only an OEM Recovery disc.
Hope this helps...Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.