I just did a major overhaul of my PC, and now I keep getting a mix of "disc boot failure, insert boot cd" and the ever elusive "hal.dll is missing or corrupt, re-install hal.dll file" the latter really means, "it could be anything, windows' guess is as good as yours".
So here's what I did the first time. I tried the whole insert and recovery console, but the recovery console could not find the file even when i pointed it right there, it couldn't expand or copy. So, I go for broke, do a repair, wait, why's repair not an option on my disc? Okay, I go for a new setup, but don't delete the old setup, so that way I might have the slightest possibility of backing up my files before I perform a complete format again (again because, hello, I just did one right after I installed everything). That did not work at all, it only gave me three Windows to choose from when booting, which, I could not boot any of them anyway.
Now, I took out my drive and said screw it, I'm getting these files no matter what, I put it in my external and moved it to another computer, and backed them up. Now I'm ready for a full format
Did a format, installed windows, installed drivers and after ten or so reboots necessary for all drivers and updates, poof! My computer does magic fails to boot. Again.
Well, I restarted it, and I'm on it right now, but is my HDD a goner? It is over 3 years old and has ran 24/7 most of it's life...
I did change the fact that the HDD and the DVD drive are on the same channel, both set to cable select now. That's just because I don't have a sata drive and the mobo only has one IDE channel. Could that effect anything?