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

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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.
 

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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?
 

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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

Note* To create the driver disk for Windows installation, you need to copy the contents of the folder named DriverDisk from the zip file, but not the folder itself - just the contents.
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 ;]
 

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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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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.
 

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