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a friend of mine asked to reinstall his Asus notebook. He didn't want Vista anymore so I installed XP. Re-partitioned the hdd (no more recovery partition). Everything went fine except I cannot make LAN card work. I created a question for that. And I talked to Asus help desk but it didn't help so we decided to go back to Vista.

I have the original Recovery DVD for his notebook. With files like ASUS.SWM and ASUS2.SWM. But I do not know how to use this DVD to reinstall his notebook.

Did I mention that his DVD drive mostly doesn't work?


I tried to boot from it but got a message:

Windows could not start becuase the following file si missing or corrupt: 
<windows root>\system32\hal.dll Please reinstall a copy of the above file.
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helpful halfway competent IT friend FAIL – RobotHumans Jan 15 '11 at 3:25
Those DVDs are specific to computer models. – digitxp Jan 15 '11 at 3:39
@digitxp: I have the notebook and its recovery DVD – Radek Jan 15 '11 at 3:51
Can't you boot from the recovery DVD? – Nifle Jan 15 '11 at 11:33
@Nifle: DVD driver doesn't work at all times but more importantly there is an error. See update1 for more details – Radek Jan 16 '11 at 1:44

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