Check disk executed fine.
When I rebooted in normal mode the first time, I got further into the process than previously. I got past the log in screen, my desktop icons appeared, and it loaded (I think) all of the start up items (at least what I can observe from the icons in lower right corner of the screen.
I then received a message box telling me that windows had recovered from a serious error. It was there for about 20-30 seconds, but then I got the same old BSOD with the E8 stop error. I spent some time looking for a pencil and a piece of paper, so I did not read the message as carefully as I might have if I had to commit it to memory.
I did not get a chance to write down specifics of the message box, but at the top there was an error code (The sequence of numbers here was somewhat like the stop error info, but which I mean that it seemed like the codes were all 8 digit). I did remember the first numbers: 1000008E. Near the end of this message, there were two hyperlinks. One requested that I click it to get more technical details about the nature of the failure. I don' t remember the other one.
I've rebooted a couple of time (and rerun the disk check once) but cannot get this far into the startup again.
Edited by bananafloss, 28 June 2009 - 09:07 AM.