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Computer Won't Start Up.

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#1 dteneyck


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Posted 22 September 2008 - 09:40 AM

I have an old HP computer using windows XP. When the remnents of hurricane Ike passed thru our electricity was nocked out for 3 days. When power came back, I tried to start my computer and got nothing but the following message:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

I can't get past this error. I don't have a copy of XP. There is a lot of valuable data that was entered just before the power crashed that I need to recover.

Please help!!!!

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 10:59 AM

If you can borrow a XP disk (same version, Home or Pro), you can use it to access the Recovery console.
You can buy an external hard drive case for the drive and use another computer to get the files
Use a live Linux CD,Bart CD, or UBCD to rescue what you want

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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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Posted 23 September 2008 - 08:36 AM

Did you run a CHKDSK /R on the drive?

I've ran into trouble with that file along with the Registry HIVE BSOD.
Back up my hard drive? How do I put it in reverse?

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 10:07 AM

I got an XP disk and tried to re-install it as garmamma suggested. It came up stating that the C drive was empty.

What I really need is the data off of it. Is it possible to connect the C disk to another computer, name it as another drive and pull off my data? How do I do that?

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 12:22 PM

Hmm...what was the exact message...when you attempted your reinstall?


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