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Old 03-08-2006, 09:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Won't Boot - missing hal.dll

Hi all hope someone can help me.
I tried to turn on my laptop the other day and all that appeared were thin horizontal lines and then a sort of negative screen and then after a while it just went white. i plugged my flat screen into the laptop and it said it could not boot as there was a missing file.
<windows root>\system32\hal.dll
I have tried to boot from my windows CD with no joy, I recently replaced the original cd-rom with a cd-rw drive, not sure if that could have anything to do with it.
I've tried changing the BIOS to boot from cd-rom, but no joy with that, i'm now stumped.
Any help would be gratefully appreciated, cheers, Kets.

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Old 03-08-2006, 09:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Option 1:

Boot from your CD and follow the directions to start Recovery Console. Then:

Attrib -H -R -S C:\Boot.ini
DEL C:\Boot.ini
BootCfg /Rebuild

Option 2:

Boot from your CD and follow the directions below to start Recovery Console.

Insert the Setup compact disc (CD) and restart the computer. If prompted, select any options required to boot from the CD.
When the text-based part of Setup begins, follow the prompts; choose the repair or recover option by pressing R.

If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot system, choose the installation that you need to access from the Recovery Console.
When prompted, type the Administrator password. (if you didn't create one try pressing enter).

At the system prompt, type Recovery Console commands; type help for a list of commands, or help commandname for help on a specific command.

Most likely you will need to expand the file from the CD. The command would be expand d:\i386\hal.dl_ c:\windows\system32\hal.dll. Substitute d: for the drive letter of your CD. Once you have expanded the file type "exit" to exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer.

For more info on this situation check here.

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