EasyRE CS - Automated Repair option just hangs on "Please Wait" message

I downloaded the EasyRE CD to resolve a problem with my Vista OS not booting. At startup, I was getting as far as the scrolling "Copyright Microsoft Corporation" message, then it just black screened on me. Hitting/holding F8 wouldn't get me to the Recovery Screen

So I booted from the EasyRE CD and reached the options screen where I selected "Automated Repair." However it has been hanging on the "Please Wait" message for over a day with no indication that anything is going on to progress any fix. The monitor also goes off after a few minutes but can be refreshed by hitting Enter on my keyboard or clicking the mouse.

Has anyone else had this experience and can suggest a way forward?