I have a new Dell Inspiron 530 machine that came preloaded with Vista Home. The hardware inside is as follows:
- q6600 Processor
- seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM 250GB HDD
- FOXCONN DG33M03 Motherboard (Standard from Dell)
- 1GB (2x512MB) Samsung PC5300
- Phoenix BIOS
I used RVM_Integrator to slipstream the post SP2 update pack, and DPs_BASE.exe to install three driverpacks:
Then I used USB_Multiboot_10.cmd to configure my USB and copy XPSOURCE. I followed the Boot Land tutorial vividly and checked it with MSFN Install XP from USB. It worked flawlessly one computer, but I have been receiving errors on the Inspiron. At first, I would get the BAD_POOL_CALLER error, in which I researched extensively and have yet to find a working solution. Then, I attempted to integrate the drivers from the Dell website for the inspiron box using Nlite with a clean copy of XPSOURCE. I didnt add the driverpacks, or the update pack, and now I receive the corrupt or missing hal.dll error.
I reviewed the FAQ page and checked my boot.ini (on the USB disk) for errors and found none. The file reads as follows:
[Boot Loader] Timeout=10 Default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS [Operating Systems] C:\btsec\XPSTP.bs="1. Begin TXT Mode Setup Windows XP, Never unplug USB-Drive Until Logon" multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="2. and 3. Continue with GUI Mode Setup Windows XP + Start XP from HD 1" /FASTDETECT multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Continue GUI Setup + Start XP from HD 2, use if installing on HD2" /FASTDETECT c:\grldr="4. Start GRUB4DOS Menu - DOS FPY IMAGES + Linux + XP Rec Cons + Vista" C:\btsec\XATSP.bs="Attended Setup XP, Never unplug USB-Drive Until After Logon"
I am running out of things to try to make this work. I would appreciate any assistance. Thank you in advance for your input. if there is anymore information that I could add, please let me know. I appreciate the hard work put into the USB install. It is not only intriguing, but impressive as well.