Things to test for :
- Memory (it could be memory related)
- PSU (i have similar problems with a faulty PSU (if you can open the laptop, try to monitor the voltages with a multimeter)
If you can login into windows, try a SFC.
SFC /r iirc.
It will scan the system for changed files, and try to restore them from a Win CD (be sure to have one handy too).
If safe mode doesn't work, it probably ISN'T driver related.
What you can do, if you don't wish to re-install windows, is try a System Repare.
Boot into the Windows CD, then skip the "press F2 for Automatic System Restore", press F8 to confirm the EULA, after that, if there's a recognizable Windows install on any of the HDD's, it should give you the options to either : Press ENTER and install Windows anyway or Press R to perform a Restore.
Press R and perform a restore.
It is a VERY good idea to have a driver CD around at the time. But you can install-it without.
It doesn't break any programs at all. (at least it never did for me).
That's pretty much it.
Hopefully it will all go well for you.
Report back when you can.
Sorry for the lenghty post.
> A friend's laptop was working fine. She left it at home and her daughter or
> grandson installed something (such as a game or codec) on the machine.
> Now the machine won't even boot up. It boots for a while, a BSOD, then it
> reboots. Doesn't matter if normal, safe mode, etc is used - the machine BSODs
> and reboots. A cursory search with Google turns up that the problem probably is
> a configuration/driver error.
> I took the hard drive out, put it in an external enclosure, and scanned the
> drive. The drive physically seems fine.
> Is there a program I can run on the drive that will scan the drive and fix any
> driver/configuration problems? The program would need to be able to look at the
> external drive, not the current boot drive.
> Any help would be appreciated.