Hello, I have a BSOD problem on my laptop. as windows loads the BSOD appears, so i am not able to reach the desktop. I have tried to re install both win7 and xp but niether worked, it would get as far as first loading files then saying "setup is starting" but it will stay on this screen for as long as the laptop is turned on, i cant change anything in BIOS, i simply dont have the option to change anything besides boot order, time date, and admin passwords. Ive tried every opion in #f2 e.g safe mode, safe mode with networking, last good known configuration..etc. another thing, if i try to acces safe mode without a win7 cd in it simply goes to the BSOD and crashes/restarts, but if i put the win7 cd in and try acces safe mode it goes to a black screen with the words "safe mode" in each of the four corners. I'm completely lost on what i should do, i'm thinking of creating a flash drive with ubuntu and trying to reboot with that. Any suggestion greatly appreciated. My laptop is a Compaq presario cq62 notebook pc /(processor type) intel(r) core(tm) i3 CPU M370 @ 2.40GHz (processor speed) 2400MHz with 2048 mb ram. BIOS revision F.16
I like the idea of using Ubuntu LiveCD (or Flash Drive) as a RescueCD. Ubuntu Desktop will guide you through making a bootable flash drive.
Use F12 to get the advanced boot menu and you should be able to boot off the flash drive.
If you can run Ubuntu without problems you know its a WinOS problem.
If you can't run Ubuntu it's looking like the BSODs are hardware related.
If you run Ubuntu from a CD - use the Try It option instead of install.
If your hard disk is still working you'll have the option to Rescue any important files and data you need.
Ubuntu has the window controls on the left side which is different from the right side controls in Windows.