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Hey! Please my post is long, but I need your help!

After a period of extended inactivity in a closet, I've recently brought my computer back out. I have a socket AM2 rig with an Athlon X2 4000+, 2GB G.Skill DDR2 800 ram, X1950 X2, 2 IDE HDDs, 1 SATA HDD, 1 SATA DVD writer, Creative X-Fi, all seated on a Biostar T-Force 560 A2+. Anyway, I go to boot up into my XP partition and I encounter a problem, which appeared to be induced by a virus, my system32 folder was gone..
So i went to the trouble of reinstalling my Xp partion, but after quick formatting, it failed to install the first time, and then I tried again under a full format. Ok it installed. I go about and install all my drivers/programs, and then I updated my BIOS to the latest AM2-compatible version. It posts and I see a cool new T-Force logo . I attempt to get back into windows and I'm greeted with the normal ntdlr boot menu and guess what? It freezes as soon as i pick to boot into windows xp.
Ok, time to trouble shoot. i thought, well maybe its the BIOS. I then updatd my BIOS to an even newer version, one taht's designed for AM2+ but compatible with AM2. Same problem. Then, I reverted back to the previous BIOS. Still no go. I then put my BART PE cd in, and attempted to run on my PE, but it gets stuck on WINDOWS IS DETECTING HARDWARE or sometihng similar, and does not move. So, I ran memtest off my cd, and it passed a few hours of testing. Then I attempted to boot into Vista and it worked! weird! i then ran Orthos small FFts for a few hours and it passed!
So I thought, maybe this was all just a fluke. i then proceeded to boot into XP, and I still can't nor can I boot off the PE. I then thought well, maybe its my SATA controller. I unplugged all SATA devices and tried to boot the CD again. Still nothing. Then I unplugged everything except an IDE CD rom, and yet still cannot boot into the PE. I tried booting the fresh XP off of my SATA drive again, this time wiyth just the SATA drive plugged in. Still nothing.

Things I've tried Summary:
-reflash BIOS
-reset CMOS
-swap SATA wires
-run memtest
-run orthos
-ruled out storage problem: IDE/SATA controllers
-ruled out storage problem: HDD dead
-ruled out DVD drive issue
HELP!!!
Edited by NickF - 5/31/08 at 8:23pm
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So you have XP and Vista on different partitions on the same HDD but can't get the XP partition to boot?Sounds like maybe a boot loader problem.
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Nickf, did you completely delete the XP partition before reinstalling? Which drive has the OS installs? Did you perform a surface scan on the drives to confirm they are not failing? For Western Digital drives you can download the Western Digital Lifeguards tools (bootable CD). For Seagate run the Seagate Seatool's.

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I had the OS installs on separate hard-drives. I managed to eliminate all possibilities except the mobo, so I went on newegg and bought the DFI 790 FX board and now i'm running great
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