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.