It’s not like I’m terribly new to this issue: the original cause was SPTD.sys, the loading of which I aborted during safe mode installation. Original method of solving was simply to remove said driver from the WINDOWS\system32\drivers folder and it worked out fine, although this time it didn’t. Starting up normally still caused it to loop and I found myself damning Windows XP to hell :a for not showing what exactly is going on inside the computer at these times. I let it load until it restarted on its own, after which I got the message ‘DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER’. So naturally I wtf’ed and pushed the on/off button two times to restart in safe mode again. This time I wanted to wipe out the entire DAEMON Tools directory, hoping that that was the cause. The DAEMON Tools Uninstall did not work and it didn’t occur to me yet to use Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel.
The situation is unchanged. Still times out at startup.
So please. What the hell should I do?