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Windows Wont Load...cryptic Messages Instead.

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#1 Southstreet


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Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:08 AM

I have been trying to start my old desktop (Windows XP) and I just get this message on a black screen with white lettering...

Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
COPYRIGHT 2000, Award Software, inc
BIOS ROM checksum error
Detecting floppy drive A media

I tried starting it using 'last known good configuration' and a message came up...

load needed DLLs for HAL.

I'm no computer wizard but I don't want to shell out for a technician either. I would be really gratetful if someone could give me some advice.

EDIT..apologies. I posted this in the wrong forum. Could somebody please move it to 'Help with XP'

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 12:26 PM

In Your BIOS, It Looks Like Your Primary Boot Selection Is From Your Floppy Drive. If So, Just Go In To BIOS (On Startup, Press F1, Or A Different Key (F# To Enter Setup)) & Change Primary Boot Device To Hard Disk. That's Just My Diagnostic With The Information Submitted, So If Anyone Else Wanting To Help SouthStreet, Don't Flame Me If I've Submitted My Idea. Also, If That Isn't The Case, Maybe Removing Your Floppy For A Bit?

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 12:47 PM

Im not flaming you, just want to let you know: The fact that the user is getting an option for "Last Known Good Configuration" indicates that we are getting past the bios screen.

Can you boot into safe mode?
Do you have your Windows XP Installation media?
Do you have access to the recovery console?
Are you using XP Home or XP Pro?
What service pack do you have installed?
How old is the machine?

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 11:34 PM

A missing HAL.DLL error is usually indicative of either a problem with the file system on the disk, or a missing HAL.DLL file (although there are other possibilities).

Running CHKDSK /R is suggested (from the Recovery Console if necessary), then replacing the HAL.DLL with another copy with the same version number.

If this error occurs at LKG - what error do you get if you boot Windows normally, and what error do you get if you try to boot to Safe Mode?
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