|Hello! Ok...I'm to the point of either buying several new hardware components or trying a repair place. |
My specs are as follows (not bothering w/ audio/video)
- LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model LH-20A1L-06
- Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
- ASUS M3N78 PRO AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8300 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
- COOLMAX CXI-500B 500W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready "SLI" Power Supply
- AMD Phenom 8450 Toliman 2.1GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Triple-Core Processor Model HD8450WCGHBOX
No problem building the above back in July. Well, late April rolls around and...the damn Virut virus, Windows files hosed...backed up data on the partitions, HDD data 1/0 wipe and reformat. After reformating, created partition and made partition active. Threw in the WinXP CD; NTLDR file missing...Grrrrrr. Double checked boot priority and even F8 on Asus mobo to ensure correct boot sequence...still getting either NTLDR error or missing HAL.DLL from the Windows/system32 folder, which of course shouldn't matter. The CD spins up and runs, however somewhere in between...the CD-ROM and PC aren't communicating. Verified working hardware, un/reseated components, flashed BIOS,etc. I've done just about everything and still no luck. I even threw the HDD via USB enclosure onto the laptop and ran the WD diagnostics and it passes with flying colors. For $#!ts & giggles, I threw the boot files onto the HDD and that's when the HAL,dll error returns, even if I then threw the Windows/system32 folder on the HDD and even at one point threw the entire WinXP CD onto the HDD seeing if that would work...nothing.
Any ideas/suggestions?! This is driving me nuts and I build the dang things!!!