vog no luck on this option. The screen displays a lot of lines reading multisisk\rdisk\partition\system32\drivers\
the last line reads \mup.sys after drivers. the display only stays on screen for a second so it was hard to write down all the lines. the blank screen with a flashing cursor does not register anything i try to type.
any other offers of advice please. not sure if i should burn some bootup files to a cd or not?
go into your BIOS and turn off bios protection. (Or simply restore defaults. This feature is NOT turned on by default, for a very good reason.) It can also be caused when upgrading if you have multiple UNC protocols installed, for example Client for Novell Networks. If this is the case, booting to the recovery console and typing disable MUP will work. If caused by bios virus guard however, this will do nothing. An update writes to the MBR saying do this before you next restart, but if this sector is protected, this can not happen - therefore, stall.