I have am having the EXACT same problem!
Inititially I thought it was because I had loaded OpenOffice.org and that it wasn't compatable with XP ... but after uninstalling it (and a couple other programs) and rolling my system back to the original settings, the problem continues.
I try to start up (normally) and it loads and will go 'round in a loop ... flashing a blue-and-white-screen before rebooting and going through the whole process over-and-over ... sometimes it will just freeze on my desktop (with icons showing), but no task bar, no mouse pointer ... etc.
When I load in safe mode, I'm not able to do much ... the moment I open a program or try to access my "start/programs" section, it crashes.
The machine insists on checking itself everytime it restarts.
I've complained to the vendor, but they insist there's nothing wrong with the machine and will send it in for repairs (4 weeks +) because it's still under warranty.
Any ideas what it could be? I've only had it for 2 weeks!
It's so damned frustrating ...
Any assistance would be appreciated. Please email me at: [email protected]
One thing, it did start up normally this morning (thurs, 16 Oct 08) and ran for about an half hour before a blue-and-white-screen flashed up and then it restarted itself. Absolutely nothing I try (uninstalling software, rolling back the OS, etc.) seems to work. Yet the machine worked fine up until this past week-end?! Then, suddenly on Sunday it started crashing ... repeatedly!