Once I click ok, it reboots the pc and the whole thing starts again until that same error msg returns. I've tried changing the bios to boot from the HD but that doesn't seem to help. Microsoft has a whole page on this problem here: http://support.micro...b;EN-US;Q311755 but their remedies involve hitting "shift-F10" and from a dos prompt, editing the registry. When I get the error and press shift-f10, nothing happens. I can't get to any dos prompt.
microsoft is helpful and has an answer for that as well. They say that if I have another partition, I should install XP onto that partition and once that's successfull, edit the registry later. BUT, I tried that, and I get the same error message! So now I have 2 HD's with XP partially installed on both, and I can't seem to get past this "asms file needed" thing.
Does this have anything to do with my harddrives both being masters? I think next I'm going to unplug one of the drives to see if I can get it to work then. The only other thing I can get off microsoft's website it to use their Recovery console. Is there anything else I can try before that?
Any help anyone can provide would be appreciated. Thanks!