First, some background:
About a month ago, I started having some major computer issues, that ultimately turned out to be a dying motherboard trying to take down all of my hard drives with it. It took me awhile to do-- partly because of finances, partly because my then-working laptop was allowing me to procrastinate-- but I did finally manage to replace the old motherboard with a new one
. After putting that in, I ran an XP Pro repair install, but that proved problematic. Some research later, and I disabled the installation of a few drivers-- specifically, the motherboard's serial port (like I'm ever going to use that!), and the Virtualbox network bridge (I can reinstall that).
Now for my current problem:
After disabling the driver installations, the repair install went smoothly. When booting, though, I don't get the splash screen (turns out boot.ini kept /nogui on), instead going black for awhile before asking for my username and password. I enter those, and it shows my old wallpaper... and that's it. It just hangs at that point. I can ctrl-alt-del into the task manager, which says I have explorer.exe running (but no taskbar or desktop icons!), but if I try to start another instance of explorer.exe, task manager just crashes, and although I can open a new instance of task manager, I can't kill the old one.
I'm not sure what to do at this point. I'm avoiding a reformat like the plague, since I'd need to do a considerable backup of many important files, so I'm trying to address the problem directly. I'm just not sure how to do this, since I'm not even sure what the problem is, exactly. Is there anything that can be done?
One more thing; currently, XP isn't responding to my USB mouse and keyboard, instead only recognizing PS/2, which I used for the repair install. I have a feeling this might be just another symptom of the same problem. Maybe it's still a driver issue?