My girlfriend recently tried to install some printer drivers, and I guess her computer BSOD'ed. When the computer powers up it says the computer was turned off yada yada, with the options start the computer normally, boot into safe mode... etc. (The typical options)
So I told her to find her Vista CD (I'm in a different city right now, trying to help). She loaded it up and tried repairing. First she tried the automatic startup repair tool, which said it fixed various things including something with the word boot in it (this is from a phone conversation with her). After restarting, this did not solve the problem, so she booted into the recovery console againe. She tried system restore to restore to a time 2 days ago, when everything was working properly for sure. This did not improve the situation at all, and the computer still will not boot to the OS. The computer BSOD's for less than half a second and then restarts. It is an endless cycle of boot >> options for starting computer (safe mode, safe mode with networking, etc) >> no matter what the choice, BSOD and restart.
The inability to boot the OS leads me to believe that something is corrupted in her boot sector. I will tell her to try CHKDSK when she is available, and I appreciate this recommendation. Could there be anything else worth trying?
EDIT: To reiterate, nothing can be booted. The computer cannot boot into safe mode, or last known configuration, or normally... etc
EDIT + SOLUTION: The solution was retarded, and I still don't understand it. She took it to a computer guy, he set up her rig, and it worked. It just... worked, no explanation.
Upon examining the event viewer there were tons of errors, but I was in no way involved so I don't know what they are. Upon the first boot, the computer did perform extremely sluggish however, which it definitely shouldn't be.. its a sweet rig.
He didn't charge her, she brought it home, and I guess it's working okay now. Any tips for what to investigate when I get a hold of the comp?