Why do you need to repair it? If the problem was an infection by trojan or virus that may be one of the randomly named files it installed, any clean up attempts may have removed it from the disk if not from the registry. Can you look through the drivers loaded with Autoruns (if you can get into the machine) and untick the file if it's there? click here
Quote "... setup complains that it cannot find a file called al583y9n.sys. It cannot continue without it..."
I don't know what the file is, but setup requires it, so it's not a virus or anything..
Reason for W2K repair - I think I may have a ENUM problem, my mouse is very unresponsive when www browsing. Probably caused by changing mobo's with different chipsets - although everything else is just fine.
"I don't know what the file is, but setup requires it, so it's not a virus or anything.."
Not neccessarily; the repair install bases some of its operations on what's already in (parts of) the registry, not all of which is required or complimentary to the workings of the machine in question. I remember the thread now. Still stand by my post on that one too. Fresh install is the quickest and most complete solution.