15th March 2008
Earlier, I wrote about Universal boot CD , which is targeted primarily at the hardware testing/diagnosing.
If not hardware, but “only” software is malfunctioning – try SystemRescueCD, a Linux-based recovery CD/DVD/Flash stick (it all depends on how you burn/install the downloaded file – manuals and how-to’s are available).
As always, Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with SystemRescueCD, and gain no profit from this post. Any advice I give is provided AS IS, with no guarantees of fitness to your exact case.