Posted 22 September 2008 - 06:48 PM
The HAL.DLL error is one of the errors that happen during the bootup process while NTLDR is doing it's thing (just before the splash screen shows, and ntoskrnl.exe starts to load).
There are several reasons for this. The most common fix is to run chkdsk /r to repair the file system. The next most common is replacing the copy of the file with the copy in the dllcache folder. Beyond that, I'd have to suggest the FIXMBR, FIXBOOT, and BOOTCFG /REBUILD commands in the recovery console.
It wouldn't hurt to perform a hard drive diagnosic either (most common diagnostics are listed here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/
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