I was moving my computer and the monitor cable came out of the socket. I forgot to switch off at the wall and when I first tried to insert it I heard a faint crackling noise. When I boot up I get past the BIOS screen but windows XP doesn't load. When I start it in safe mode it gets as far as loading AGP440.sys and then freezes.
Have a damaged my AGP card, the motherboard or something else?
I've got to the recovery console (I didn't know it was available in XP Home) but now I'm lost. I thought when you selected the repair option it re-installed some or all of the files. Does anyone have any idea where I progess from here?
I've seen that a couple of the Andys on this site are expert at this sort of thing, i can;t remember which one in particular though, AndySD?? He'll no doubt be looking in later on in the evening I think...
It is well worth doing a search for what you are attempting to do - as mentioned, request for guidance to doing this kind of recovery comes up all the time, and I am sorry but I don't know myself how to use the recovery console (all DOS to me...) or the use of the repair thing which is diffent.
You need to watch for the various options given in the Windows XP recovery/repair atapi CD boot up process thing, as it's not as logically laid out as it might be. The repair option I think restores windows XP registry files only to whaat they were as they were when first installed. (You'll lose the functionality of any programs installed prior to installing the OS but be able to recover your documents and back them up of course).
This is just the limited understanding I have on it - please do that search of the site - I am sure it will have far better advice. I'll give the matter more thought and if I find anything which may help I'll pop it here...