Normally I have no problems fixing things like this, but in this situation I am quite stumped because there is no apparent way to troubleshoot. I'm using a Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop that is hanging just after the dell logo comes up and it shows the grey loading bar. First thing I noticed is that this screen sticks around about three times as long as it did before and then after that I go to a black screen with a flashing indicator in the top left corner... I cannot get beyond that. I have tried to boot from disk and run the recovery console, but the boot process does not even get far enough to ask me to boot from disk. The only thing that I changed before this problem appeared was installing StyleXP... before that everything was working perfectly, so perhaps this installation modified something in my boot files that is causing the problem. Any help would be appreciated.