I cleaned all the files off of my secondary HDD in that comp for the purpose of using that as a clean install but no matter how I try to get it to get formatted or get the system to boot, it leaves me with nothing.
The walls that I run into are either:
1) a blinking cursor on boot (booting from and old Dell XP Home CD)
2) "INF file txtstatus.inf file corrupt or missing, status 40% setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit" (booting from XP Pro upgrade)
3) missing or corrupt hal.dll when trying to use any other boot disk or cd (even when I choose "boot from CD " and have my bios boot from it first.
I have also tried to run windows repair but the setup always locks up as soon as i click the "install windows" button on the autorun screen
I have officially run out of ideas that won't cause permanent damage to the walls of my house......
Thank you all in advance.