Compaq Presario C551NR laptop
Vista Home Basic SP2
1 GB RAM: 512 DDR2 "533 SO DIMM" + 512 DDR2 "PC5300" (533 is the factory stick, 5300 is upgrade)
all other hardware is original factory build
Issue (total Owner error, btw)
BSOD with 0x8e when attempting Normal Boot and Last Known Good
Safe, Safe/Cmd, Safe/network all run properly
Have updated all drivers (including network, processor, video, audio, CD, HD, and modem)
uninstalled and reinstalled fresh copies of Java, Flash, Shockwave, Quicktime, Adobe Reader
uninstalled Yahoo Msgr, Zoosk Msgr, Yahoo toolbar, Quizulous toolbar, corrupted MagicJack
installed Firefox 5 (I know: just got the flag for 6, but it can wait)
Ran RAM and Processor diagnostic in Safe and both checked out fine
Ran HD diagnostic from BIOS and it checked out fine
Spent the weekend manually cleaning the following infections:
VISTA Antispyware 2012
fake Windows Defender (pretty sure this was the vector of entry)
using the following programs (and some old fashioned 'elbow grease'):
AVG 2011 (command line in Safe)
rkill (run in safe and safe/network)
I have a few other tools downloaded, but they will not run in safe. All of the above are currently scanning clean - not a guarantee of a clean system, I am well aware, but I'm limited now until I can get it into normal boot.
I've actually seen this issue on a few other older laptops and was able to Flash BIOS by burning an autorun CD and giving priority to the optical drive....that's not working in this case. Also tried setting rkill to Startup, again with no joy. Crash is occurring before anything can really launch.
I've done it once before, but I can't remember HOW I did it: I need to get to the text interface under VISTA (basically bypass VISTA completely) and launch the disk from there. How do I get into the interface without going through VISTA (since I can't use Normal at all and I can't Flash from Safe/cmd)?
fwiw: factory restore d: does not exist on this system and the disks are lost so a reinstall is not currently an option. Fairly certain a BIOS update will fix it, if I can only get it to Flash. Any ideas?
edit: wasn't sure where exactly to post this so put it here.
edit2: add hardware specs
Edited by hamluis, 18 August 2011 - 08:39 AM.
Moved from Vista to Am I Infected.