Did you boot from the disk and enter the DOS based setup screens for Windows XP? The first screen should ask you if you want to setup Windows XP - you press Enter for that one. The 3rd screen will ask you if you want to repair an existing Windows installation - if you don't have this option then you must stop the repair right then and there (or you'll wipe out everything on the drive).
Thanks usasma for the insight, but yes, I have done all of that, and trust me I will not continue with the re-install until I get this sorted.
Looks like I was being dumb though and was using my retail install cd and thus it would not give me repair option. OEM gave me the option and I began the repair install, it completed copying files and rebooted the the "well known" GUI for windows setup (the one with the bullets on the left "copying files" etc etc)
It got pretty far and I walked away as I have other machines I am working on at the moment, and it FROZE. Just my luck. I rebooted and all seems normal it says "restarting windows setup" and then I can see the mouse curson in low resolution with a black background, it seems the GUI never shows! It should be starting the windows setup again, but nothing! Now if I try to re-do the repair install using OEM or RETAIL it will not give me a repair option.
Keep in mind I have scanned with the Seatools bootable test, PC Doctor full hardware tests, and Memtest 86. All passes.
Does anyone have any other things I should try? Has anyone ever seen the Windows setup not load it's GUI before?
I currently have /SOS trigger on the boot.ini and it now shows dual processor during the xp "splash" meaning that the hal.dll was repaired in the install however now I am not able to finish setup.
The setup will stop @ black screen with mouse in either normal or safe mode.
Edited by lowtek_otc, 03 January 2009 - 06:42 PM.