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#1 APL23

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 11:14 PM

Hi,

Sure hope you can help... upon booting a relatively new Dell unit (Win XP), got an error stating there was a missing or corrupt hal.dll. Tried the "How To Restore Hal.dll From the Windows XP CD" as detailed on About.com, but no luck.

Any other suggestions are appreciated.

Tks,

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 11:18 PM

Try running these commands in the Recovery Console:

Attrib -H -R -S C:\Boot.ini
DEL C:\Boot.ini
BootCfg /Rebuild
Fixboot
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Posted 28 June 2009 - 11:30 PM

what directory should I be in?

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 11:40 PM

I have fixed the problem several times.
What has worked for me is booting a XP disk to the Recovery Console then using the fixboot & fixmbr commands.

To do that at the recovery console Windows should be listed as number 1
So you just press 1 then press Enter
It should change to a Windows prompt
Type fixboot & press Enter
Type in fixmbr & press Enter
type in Exit & press Enter
It should then boot to the desktop
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Posted 28 June 2009 - 11:44 PM

what directory should I be in?

I'm not sure it matters, but probably the C:\WINDOWS directory.
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 01:38 AM

Try running these commands in the Recovery Console:

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


I've tried the above commands. Attrib -H -R -S C:\Boot.ini didn't work..
DEL C:\Boot.ini did work..
BootCfg /Rebuild finished with the following question Add installation to boot list ? (Yes/No/All):

Not sure what the correct response should be ??

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 01:41 AM

Try running these commands in the Recovery Console:

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


then it prompts me for the following information:

Enter Load Identifier:
Enter OS Load Options:

???????????


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Posted 29 June 2009 - 01:49 AM

Enter Load Identifier:

Here you can enter a custom description for the operating system. Normally you would enter something like "Microsoft Windows XP Professional".

Enter OS Load Options:

Enter Operating System Load Options: (that is: /fastdetect)
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 02:08 AM

Enter Load Identifier:

Here you can enter a custom description for the operating system. Normally you would enter something like "Microsoft Windows XP Professional".

Enter OS Load Options:

Enter Operating System Load Options: (that is: /fastdetect)


OK, done all that and here's what I get:

Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware
configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path
and disk hardware.
please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk
configuration and your hardware reference manuals for
additional information.


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Posted 29 June 2009 - 02:14 AM

Boot back into the Recovery Console and run the BootCfg /Rebuild command again.

This time, when it asks Enter OS Load Options: leave it blank and just press ENTER.
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 03:12 AM

Still no luck. I'm going through it one more time and will have to pick up where I left off in the AM. Part of my problem is the USB ports don't power up as soon as I hit the power button so I'm now being asked which load identifier to use and I'm directed to use the arrow keys on my keyboard to pick. Given my keyboard is USB powered, it doesn't work until the process has reached a DOS prompt. :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 03:24 AM

Boot back into the Recovery Console and run the BootCfg /Rebuild command again.

This time, when it asks Enter OS Load Options: leave it blank and just press ENTER.


Tried it for a final time and still getting the same error message... I did give the Load Identifier a different name this time and noted that even though I can't use the arrow keys (or any other keys on the keyboard) at that point, it does default to the most recent one so the above process isn't quite everything it's looking for..

Thanks for all the help and I'll check back in the AM.


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Posted 29 June 2009 - 01:42 PM

Hello All,

With the assistance from a neighbor (I believe I was in over my head), I've been able to restore my boot sequence and get into Windows.

Thanks so much for your help,

apl

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 04:16 PM

I'd be interested to know what you did to solve the problem.
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