I know this was submitted a longggg time ago, but I feel your pain....even though I'm sure the problem has been taken care of by now. I was running an old Windows XP system, and it had been running very slowly. It would take forever for things to load, and it would often freeze up and I'd have to restart it. well, one day there was a power surge in my apartment. My computer had been running at the time, but no programs were open. It shut itself down, so I turned it back on, and then the blue screen of death would flash for a fraction of a second much like yours did. then it would take me to the black start up screen, giving options like start windows normally or in safe mode or whatever. no matter what option i'd pick, windows would not start up. it just kept looping, showing the blue screen of death and then taking me back to the black start up screen. I ended up having to buy a new computer. I stumbled upon this today because my new windows 7 computer just flashed the blue screen of death, saying it had to shut itself down because there was an error. then it took me to that black start up screen. luckily, it started up okay after I hit "start windows normally." I was freaking out, thinking that somehow it was fried. but all I had done was turn it on out of shut down mode, and my computer had shut down normally last night. i'm trying to figure out what caused it because i'm a little afraid to shut it down again now.