First of all, i need to know if this is a dual-boot configured system. If it is then option one will probably solve this issue
If it's proprietary then it won't have a WinXP CD.
OPTION 1) but if it does the boot from the CD and hit "r" to enter the recovery console. Choose your OS then type the following:
Attrib -H -R -S C:\Boot.ini
once done type "exit".(No quotes) Reboot and remove the CD.
Did that help? if not....
OPTION 2) Boot to XP CD and enter recovery console. select your OS. once in recovery console type:
expand X:\i386\hal.dl_ c:\windows\system32\hal.dll.
were X is your CD drive. Note the space between hal.dl_ and C:\windows\
once done type "exit".(No quotes) Reboot and remove the CD
Did that help? if not...
OPTION 3)In case of it being proprietary... then is the HDD PATA(old) or SATA(new), do you have another desktop machine with the correct connector (SATA/PATA) if not, would you be willing to buy a HDD to USB enclosure?
Edited by -OCM770-, 01 May 2007 - 12:12 PM.