OK, here is the situation. I can now POST with a (confrimed working by AMD) Athlon64 3200 on my K8V SE mobo but now I'm getting the old 'Unable to boot because file "windows\system32\config\system" file is missing. So I try to go to recovery console via the CD and get the following message after it begins a scan of the hardware:
"Line 17309 of the INF file \i386\txtsetup.sif is invalid"
This was with XP corporate. So I had an XP home disk around as well and put that one in and got the same error, only it was on Line 15229 instead. I tried the CD in both my CD and DVD burner with no success. So not only can I not get to recovery I cannot seem to reformat the hard drives even if I wanted to. The hard drive seem to be fine since I was able set it up as a RAID config on another machine and save all the important data from it. Current hardware:
-AMD Athlon64 3200 -Asus K8V SE mobo (BIOS 1001 I believe) -512MB Cosair 2700DDR memory -550W PC Power and Cooling power supply -Radeon 9700 Pro vid card -Memorex 52x24x52 burner -Generic 4x DVD burner
I have pulled out all other hardware (NIC cards, sound cards, etc) and have just the afformented things in the box. Any thoughts/solutions to this???