XP can not boot, Corrupt HAL.DLL Recovery console doesn't see my SATA drive

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by gonaads, May 22, 2007.

  1. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    O.K. I had a problem with over tweaking my Mem and XP didn't fully boot. I had to hit the reset button and when it tried to reboot it gave me the "<windows root>system32\hal.dll corrupted or missing. reinstall file..." blah blah blah. So I boot to my XP CD and go into Recovery console but it says that there are no drives or windows installation.

    I have an Asus A8V deluxe MoBo and using the VIA SATA RAID controller for my Seagate 320 GB SATA HDD. Do I have to install/reinstall the third party RAID drivers that Windows asks for when the XP CD first starts? Are those the drivers on the MoBo CD?

    Help please.
     
  2. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    I've been reading that you need to do the F6 and use a floppy to install the RAID SATA drivers. Can anyone explain how and what needs to be on this floppy?
     
  3. _kC_

    _kC_ Moderator

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    not sure if its this driver? is yours the VT8237 South Bridge ?
    http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx?PageID=5&ArticleID=93

    personally i slipstream the massstorage driverpacks as textmode into my xp disk, you can use dpsbase or nlite etc, then no need for f6 or messing with floppies ;]
     
  4. Mastershakes

    Mastershakes Moderator

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    This should fix it Gonaads

    http://www.short-media.com/articles/repair_windows_xp

    From C root (in recovery console)

    C:ATTRIB -H C:\\BOOT.INI
    C:ATTRIB -R C:\\BOOT.INI
    C:ATTRIB -S C:\\BOOT.INI

    Now, delete it

    Del BOOT.INI
    Then you basically rebuild the boot.ini BOOTCFG /REBUILD

    But it's all very descriptive with screenshot goodness on this little resource I found. (Link above)

    - Shakes.
     
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  5. Mastershakes

    Mastershakes Moderator

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    Bump, how did it go?
     
  6. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    Well I don't have anywhere to slip stream a CD with the drivers included and three machines I have tried to use to make the floppy with the drivers have I/O errors with the floppy drive. What are the odds of having three machines with bad floppy drives? But then again these floppy drives haven't been used in a gazillion years. :s I have one more machine I am gonna try this weekend. I need to install the SATA/RAID drivers at the F6 before I can get the Recovery Console to recognize my HDD. I hope, otherwise it's off to the computer shop with it.