its a long story - but its worth it and i need help!!!
ive had some really bad crashes/software errors so i decided to reformat my system.
all went well but i plugged my bluetooth keyboard/mouse in and of course it didn't work without it's drivers. so, i plugged a wired keyboard/mouse in and rebooted (didnt work otherwise). i boot up and get a 'corrupted/missing SYSTEM32 CONFIG' message. so i decided to reformat again.
i did this (and using the 3rd party SCSI RAID option to install my drives for my RAID drive)
and once it booted for the first time of the new windows, it hang at BIOS at 'Initializing Plug N Play Devices', so i rebooted and it went straight to windows.
i get into windows, and my firewire, modem, PCI to USB controller, onboard lan and sound card all gave 'this device cannot start'
so in BIOS, i changed the 'Onboard LAN Boot ROM' to 'ENABLED" (and somehow I got the LAN to work...?? no idea why.)
but the other devices still failed to 'start' so i updated the drivers... uninstalled/reinstalled, you name it.
i even unintalled device... rebooted - took out the card but then at BIOS it hang again at 'Initializing Plug N Play Devices'.
the motherboard is an ASUS P4S8X-X with a Pentium 4 2.667
the sound card is Creative.