My boyfriend, two states away, called me with this one. I'd personally never seen it before, and told him to hold on. I found a multitude of solutions. I told him to first reboot and spam the F8 key until he got the Boot menu. I had him try to boot from the last known good configuration, and it brought him back to the error message. I told him to reboot and do the F8 thing again. Tried Safe Mode, tried Normal Boot, tired Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Every single option just fed him back to the error message. I told him to get his Windows XP installation disc.... which he does not have. He lent it to his father, who is not in the country right now. I tried to have him change his BIOS to have the CD ROM drive be the first priority to boot, and to put in his old Warcraft disc to run the game, then quit to command prompt. It would not boot from the CD, and just brought him back to the error message. I had him pull his RAM and put in a different one. Error message. Usually this would not be an issue, but he has a term paper due tomorrow (which is one reason he called me, he's in full-blown panic mode since this paper is 45% of his grade for the semester), and all of his previous draft work, his research data, everything, is on this computer, and he does not have it in another location to work with. Thus, he can't wait for his father to return. He is not computer knowledgeable; so I'm working with someone who can run the programs installed, knows enough that when I had him open the box, he could pull the right parts, but beyond that, I have to walk him through in baby steps. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to solve this one? I'm way out of my depth. If I could just get him to a command prompt, I may be able to help him, but.. nothing at all is working.