Apologies in advance for a long winded post.
But I'm not sure what is causing my problem so I'll outline its history.
I'm trying to set up a dual boot system Win98 and XP, on seperate drives.
HD1 a Western Digital 10G running existing Win 98 installation and HD2 Maxtor 60G which I tried to load Win XP onto and ran into problems.
Firstly, I setup HD2 to have a data partition as FAT32 and then I formatted a second partition NTFS to put XP onto.
When starting to install XP it couldn't see the 2nd partition on HD2, so I told it to format and install on the partition it COULD see, the FAT32 one.
I then got the "hal.dll missing or corrupt" error message when Windows XP setup rebooted prior to going into the GUI bit.
I can still run Win98 on HD1, thankfully.
Looking at HD2 with partition editing software shows it's now got lots of little tiny partitions on it. What the...?
So I tried to delete them but unable to.
I read that this problem at XP setup with hal.dll could be due to using a DDO (dynamic drive overlay) which I HAD used (MAXBLAST 3) on HD2 and to remove said DDO. Well according to the DDO maintenance software, there is no DDO on the drive (now?).
So I've tried editing BOOT.INI but that is tricky - I'm not sure which disk or partition it's talking about.
My original boot.ini after the failed XP install reads thus:
signature(1)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
C:\ = "Microsoft Windows"
Any ideas, anyone?