hi kairozamorro - thanks for the reply.
its a good 15-20 mins, its almost as if it happens just as the 'console' itself launched - the 'white bars' status line goes all the way across on the 'loading screen'.
random - i know. my last resort is to try an original vista ultimate disc which im...
using recovery disc - getting BSOD - Irql_not_less_OR_EQUAL
Ive got a vista system thats saying 'no operating system' or words to that effect.
Ive checked out the hardware and all seems fine (dell xps 730) and downloaded the ISO to create the repair disk.
It goes all the way through...