WinXP reinstall on HDD

May 26, 2009 at 19:54:30
Specs: Windows XP
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!!!



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May 26, 2009 at 23:38:56
"Threw in the WinXP CD; NTLDR file missing"
That statement indicates you are booting off the hard drive not the XP cd.
You need to set the bios to make the cd first boot device.
As it's a SATA drive you will need the sata drivers from the motherboard driver disk, which you need to copy onto a floppy disk.
When XP cd boots you will get a message to press F6 to install raid drivers, that's the time to shove in the floppy disk.
Alternativly you can get into bios and set it to use PATA compatability mode for the SATA drive.
Do the same for the dvd drive if you are having a problem with it booting.
In addition you need an XP disk that has at least service pack1 included in it.

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May 27, 2009 at 05:53:56
If you have the boot order set correctly then you must be missing the prompt to "press any key to boot from CD....". If you don't press a key, the system will bypass the CD & attempt to boot from the HDD. Once you get the CD to boot, press F6 when prompted, then load the SATA drivers either from a floppy or USB stick (if supported). Then continue on with the installation. I suggest you delete the partitions, recreate them, format as NTFS, then go from there....

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