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Missing Hal.dll File, Other Problems


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#1 Ken Da Ninja

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 07:30 PM

Okay, short and simple, I used Gparted to expand my NTFS partition from its modest 20GB to take over the newly deleted 30GB that was rendered useless after my dual boot exploits. So Gparted deleted the dead 30GB first partition, and then expanded my second partition (My Windows installation) to cover the newly freed space. After all this was done, I rebooted to everybody's favorite Missing hal.dll error. I tried using my Windows XP disc (with SP2 slipstreamed in) to expand the file on the disc to the drive, but it said that no file could be created. Next, I used http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproble...pairbootini.htm, and this left me with a choice of two Windows when I booted, the newly created one leads to the Windows Welcome screen, and it just stays there, with the mouse movable. The other options leads me to the beloved Missing hal.dll screen. Finally I used "fixboot", and this did nothing, with the two options still coming up and same results. (Safemode doesn't work either) So is there anything I can do? I really really really do not want to do a repair installation. I recently had to do one due to a messed up userinit.exe file, and the whole Windows updates process is just too tedious. I received a lot of help ask time, and I hope I can receive the same amount of help now. Thank you in advance!

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 07:40 PM

I'd suggest running fixmbr from the Recovery Console also.

I'd also suggest investing in a disk imaging program. That way you can image your hard drive (when it's working correctly) and can restore the image when this sort of stuff happens. 20 minutes later you'll be up and running (and will have all the Windows Updates that you had when you made the image). I set up a brand new HP today with Windows XP SP2 on it - and it had 94 updates to install!

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 07:47 PM

:\ MBR is always really risky...


And yeah, after the 100th time I messed up my laptop, I decided to start backing up. However, this only lasted so long before I got lazy and ran out of space on my small partition.

I wish I haven't deleted my back up registry... I hate how simple programs such as IE and Windows Media Player get wiped by a repair install! Thank god I saved the little batch file that allows updates to work again...


So yeah, I'm hoping to see a few more comments before I either risk a MBR or take the time for a Windows repair install.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 08:27 PM

With a hal.dll you don't have many options other than those already suggested
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#5 Ken Da Ninja

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 08:52 PM

Okay, I did a Windows Repair. Bad thing? I accidently hit the cd drive with my foot (Laptop, watching a movie on the other comp) and the Windows disc came out at the 25 minute mark. It has been 36 minutes since then, and it's hanging at 25 minutes. I even reopened the disc drive and pushed it back in. It's stuck! What should I do? If I force a shutdown, what would happen?




Edit:

The time now says 14 minutes... and done... Thank you guys for the support. This was not the way I wanted to go out (It's like my 100th time).

Cheers to an hour or so of downloading and installing Windows Updates!

(And I'll most likely be back in a week or so when I mess up my laptop, again)




And... Looks like things turned bad!

Well, after the reboot after the reinstallation, the laptop hanged when Windows was trying to run the setting up thing (the screen gets all small and the little F1 help bubble thing shows) I manually shut it down and now my C drive (main drive) is now the D drive, and my cd drive is F. Is there anything I can do to rename the drive?

Edited by Ken Da Ninja, 07 February 2008 - 09:22 PM.





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