boot problem....ntldr could not open drive...

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soyabeans Wrote:
> I've tried to boot disk, I tried all 1, 2 and 3, I even tried chaging
> the path cos I think it's installed in /Windows not winnt. it's also
> xp home, i'm using an old reinstallation cd and I can't find my
> proffessional cd. When i use the boot disk I get the message:
>
> 'Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware
> configuration problem. Could not read from the selected boot disk,
> check the boot path and disk hardware.'
>
>
> The installation does not work I figure.

Just to play around I changed rdisk to 1 and when I boot off that disk
I get the message:

'The following file in the windows root folder is missing or corrupt:
Windows Root/system32/hal.dll'

I've never seen this message before. Any help?

cheers


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"soyabeans" <soyabeans.1inlpp@pcbanter.net> wrote in message
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>
> soyabeans Wrote:
> > I've tried to boot disk, I tried all 1, 2 and 3, I even tried chaging
> > the path cos I think it's installed in /Windows not winnt. it's also
> > xp home, i'm using an old reinstallation cd and I can't find my
> > proffessional cd. When i use the boot disk I get the message:
> >
> > 'Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware
> > configuration problem. Could not read from the selected boot disk,
> > check the boot path and disk hardware.'
> >
> >
> > The installation does not work I figure.
>
> Just to play around I changed rdisk to 1 and when I boot off that disk
> I get the message:
>
> 'The following file in the windows root folder is missing or corrupt:
> Windows Root/system32/hal.dll'
>
> I've never seen this message before. Any help?
>
> cheers
>
>
> --
> soyabeans

It seems that there is considerable confusion about the exact
location of your WinXP installation. You need to ascertain
where it is before you can resolve your problem. In the line

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(x)partition(y)\WINNT

rdisk(x) describes which disk the installation is on,
partitition(y) gives the partition number on that disk and
WINNT gives the actual folder.

You should know yourself if WinXP is installed on the first
or the second partition.

You can experiment with y. It's usually 1, sometimes 2.

The folder is usually WINDOWS for WinXP. Boot the
machine with a boot disk from www.bootdisk.com, then
run ntfsdos.exe from www.sysinternal.com. This will give
you read-only access to your NTFS partition. You can
now find out the exact folder name.
 

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