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#1 MarauderX

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 01:35 PM

Hello all -

I booted up one day last week to the following:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll"

So I tried a couple solutions from the Windows recovery console, including FIXBOOT and FIXMBR, which did not work. When I went to try CHKDSK, I got this message:
"The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems."

The machine is a Dell dimension 8400 running Windows XP with SP2. It has a newer 500 GB hard drive that was working well for over a year.

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance -
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Posted 11 September 2010 - 01:43 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

Typical words about hal.dll errors:

Hal.dll Corrupt Or Missing - http://www.merchantcircle.com/blogs/Fowler...missing./175165

Hal.dll Missing Or Corrupt - http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...product=3962105

How to fix hal.dll is missing or corrupt in windows - http://www.troublefixers.com/how-to-fix-ha...upt-in-windows/

Missing Hal.dll - Missing Or Corrupt Hal.dll Error Message in Windows XP - Fix Hal.dll - http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbyerrorm...ssinghaldll.htm

Missing Windows hal.dll file - http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000490.htm

Restore Hal.dll - How To Restore Hal.dll From the Windows XP CD - Hal.dll - http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproble...storehaldll.htm

Louis

Edited by hamluis, 11 September 2010 - 01:43 PM.


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Posted 12 September 2010 - 07:24 AM

Thanks for the fast response. I had worked through several of those suggestions already, but I learned something along the way.
The hard drives show up in the BIOS, but do not under the Windows Recovery Console. So I tried a disconnecting the drives, and starting Windows XP setup. Neither drive could be seen by the Windows Pro Setup, as the only thing in the list is 'Unknown Disk'. Hitting enter yielded an error caused by the following file: setupdd.sys (page fault in nonpaged area)

So I'm wondering what would make this happen? Have 2 hard drives gone bad in less than a year? Could this be caused by something else, such as malware? Should I just get another machine and start doing file recovery?

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 08:25 AM

I would think...cables, then drives.

FWIW: Anytime I've had the hal.dll error, I have tried some of the various methods suggested...with no success. I wound up just deleting the install and doing a clean install of XP, after I had run diagnostics on the hard drives.

Since it's a Dell system...I would always first look at the Dell site for info.

You might take a look at http://support.dell.com/support/topics/glo...mp;docid=117590.

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 12:04 PM

Thanks again. I wouldn't mind doing a clean install of XP, if the drive would let me. I'm going to get an analysis tool from the hard drive manufacturer to see if there are problems with it. It seems odd, as the main drive is less than a year old.




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