This machine is a six y/o HP Vectra, Windows 98. Recently became the second-hand computer in the house, has been used maybe once a week for the past several weeks up til Monday. That day, I hit the power button, got the usual blue “HP Vectra” screen with a kind of task bar that indicates it is booting up…but the task bar stops and I’m stuck on the screen.
It gives options: ESC - Summary, F2 - Setup Menu, F8 - Boot something (I’m operating on memory here at work). Hitting ESC or F8 does nothing at all; hitting F2 gets me into a b/w screen w several lines of text, ending with ‘loading setup menu’ where it stays locked. After turning off/on a few times (via ALT/CTRL/DEL) I put a rescue disk in the floppy drive and turned it back on but the machine doesn’t even get to the point where it fires up the disk.
Any suggestions before I fork over some dough to one of the IT guys here on campus? Were it not for some certain, ahem :eek: private movie clips the wife and I had saved on the hard drive, I’d gladly turn the thing over to a pro. Those files, obviously, make me hesitant to do so. Help!