|11 PM Fri 6 Feb att: JohnW:|
Well, after some hours trying to download the XP-SP3 file on to the thumb drive (slow computer and ots of hangups) I inserted the Th Dr into the bad computer. I also changed the boot source to Removeable Media. whe trying to boot, I got message: REMOVE DISKS OR OTHER MEDIA - PRESS ANY KEY TO CONTINUE. If I do not remopve the drive and press any key, it just repeats same message. If I DO remove the drive, I get error message (too fast to read it) and then back to same message as always regardiong missing hal.dll file.
You asked if the bad computer uses SP2 or SP3. Of course, I can';t get in it now to see for sure which it is. However, I thought it was SP3, but actually am not certain hat it is. This computer was given to me by a friend, and I know he never attended to it vey well. When computer tries to boot, the light on the the drive lights up, so I can see it is addressing that drive in the process. I spent a lot of hours because the process of downloading and unzipping the ISO file was a slow one. Anyhow, let me know what you think at this point. Will an SP3 op sys file work on, for example, a computer having SP2 or whatever? And, as always, many thanks.