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BIOS sees HDD but no option to boot to it

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#1 deeman7777


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Posted 03 October 2010 - 04:15 PM

I have a friends PC. His BIOS sees his 160gb drive under "drives" and shows all the parameters. However, in the section to select the boot order the only choices offered are his CD-Rom or a network connection.

So, first, second and third boot device toggle options are CD, Network or Disable.

I reset the CMOS which was successful since I had to reset the date etc.

I ran a XP install CD and did a chkdsk/r on the drive - so the drive is there and accessible and it did not change anything.

If I let the PC run a boot-up attempt, I eventually get a screen indicating the hard drive is missing the hall.dll file

Any thoughts?

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 05:40 PM

Sounds like a corrupted file on your hard drive, if it were me I would try downloading and creating an Ubuntu Live Disc, (instructions are there) boot up off the CD, and from there I believe its under the system menu (been awhile since I used it, but look around if its not) for partition/hard drive management, and use that to completly reformat your hard drive and then try the windows install.



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Posted 04 October 2010 - 08:48 AM

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/


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