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After chkdsk runs a message with an unrecoverable problem appears


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#16 AustrAlien

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:29 AM

The screenshot you posted relates to Lucid Puppy ... "lupu_520.sfs". (lupu=lucidpuppy)

Are you attempting to use Lucid Puppy or Slacko Puppy?
  • What exactly did you download to burn to CD?
    I will probably need to know which you are using before I can help you out here!
Either Lucid or Slacko should work fine, but if one of them won't work properly, then I suggest trying the other. I have so far found Slacko Puppy to work well without problem, and it would be my preferable choice to use. It contains some features that make a "Windows-user" like myself feel very comfortable being able to intuitively go right ahead and use it without any learning curve applying. It also contains a few handy things like a Firefox browser, with which I am also familiar.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:10 PM

I tried Slacko and I was able to get into the system. But after the customization was done and it tries to mount the c drive a warning showed up

The NTFS-g driver was unable to mount the NTFS partition and returned this error message:

Error opening '/dev/sda2': resource temporarily unavailable
Failed to mount 'dev/sda2': resource temporarily unavailable

So the inbuilt kernel NTFS driver has been used
to mount the partition read only

Then after I got in I looked for the boot.ini file and here it is.


[boot loader]

timeout=0

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS

[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect



thanks for your patience and I am going to wait for your response to see what is next.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:33 AM

Good: Slacko Puppy is working for you. Pleased to hear it! Thanks for getting the boot.ini contents posted.

Are you able to find/see your personal files that are important to you, and are you able to copy them to a flashdrive or USB-connected external hard drive. I suggest that you do that immediately as the first and most important step, with a sense of urgency (considering the problems you are encountering with that hard drive).

When you have retrieved copies of your important files to another location on another computer check them to ensure that they are not corrupt. Open and look at them to ensure that all is well. Let me know how that goes.
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Windows could not start bcause the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root/system32\hal.dll.
Please reinstall a copy of the above file.


I would like to clear up an apparent anomaly. The boot.ini file indicates that Windows is on the first partition of the hard drive:

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS


However, from what you have written, Windows (C:\ drive, "NTFS partition", the one that fails to mount properly) is on sda2, the second partition.
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Please detail as best you can the events leading up to the problem stated in your first post:

I have a problem with the hal.dll file


... including anything you may have done in an attempt to fix the problem before posting on the forum.
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Please boot to Slacko Puppy. I need answers to some questions:
  • Do you have only the one hard drive attached to the system? Please confirm for me.
  • How many partitions are on that hard drive?
    • You have indicated that you see 2 partitions, sda1 and sda2.
    • Any more ... sda3 ?
  • Please list what you see in each of the partitions, and tell me the size of each partition.

    (It doesn't have to be a complete list, but I need to know what each of the partitions do/represent.)
  • In which partition did you find the boot.ini file?
    • Is the Windows directory (folder) in that same partition?

Edited by AustrAlien, 05 April 2012 - 05:00 AM.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:14 PM

I will be doing the transfer of the files now and here is what I did so far.

first when the error appears of the missing hal.dll file I used the recovery console from the start up menu to try to recover the system but it stop the process in the middle of it saying that an unrecoverable problem has been encountered. Then I post the problem and I did everything that is posted.

The computer has a floppy, 1 hard drive, two optical drives.
the hard drive has c and d partition


Windows is in the same partition as the boot.ini file tat I posted

sda1 has size of 5.6 GB
cmdcons
hp
i386
MiniNT
PRELOAD
RECOVERY
Recycled
System volume information
Tools
Autoexec.bat
Autorun.inf
Block.RIN
Bootex.LOG
Boot.ini
CMLDR
HPCD.sys
Command .com
confyg.sys
desktop.ini
drvspace.bin
folrder.htt
graph
graph16
info.exe
io.sys
master.log
msdos.sys
NTDETECT.com
NTFS
NTLDR
protect.ed
RCBoot.sys
savefile.dir
svga
user
warning.bmp
win51
win51.b2
win51Ic
win51Ic.b2
win51c.rc1
win51c.rc2
win51IP
win51IP.b2
win51IP.rc2
win51.rc1
win51.rc2
winbom.ini


sda2 has size of 143.5 GB
program files
all programs installed
i386
windows
wutemp
autoexec.bat
boot.bak
boot.ini
cmldr
config.sys
hiberfil.sys
io.sys
msdos.sys
ntdetect.com
command.com
onoes.exe
sysrest
system.sav
msocache
systemvolumeinformation


the boot.ini file posted before I read it from the sda2


Here is the contents of the boot.ini file from the sda1

[boot loader]
timeout=0
defautl=C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT
[oerating system]
multi(0)disk(0)rdsk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Profesional" /fastdetect
c:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft WIndows Recovery Console" /cmdcons

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:06 PM

Please post the content of boot.bak from sda2.
  • Copy boot.bak to another location.
  • Change the extension from .bak to .txt and open with a text editor.
Edit to add:
I see you have malware on the system. Listed as being present in sda2 (C:) drive:

onoes.exe

Edited by AustrAlien, 07 April 2012 - 01:07 AM.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 04:33 PM

here is the content of the boot.bak file from sda2

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)partition(2) \WINDOWS

[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2) \WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 04:35 PM

Thanks.

How are you going with your backup of important files? Any corruption?
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:07 PM

When you have successfully completed backing up your important files, please try the following.

Replace the existing boot.ini file in sda2. That should fix the "hal.dll missing or corrupt" error, and allow the system to attempt to boot normally.

Open Notepad and copy the text in the following code box to a new blank Notepad file.
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect
  • Ensure there are no blank lines above or below the text.
  • Save the file as boot.ini
    Important: Ensure the file is saved with the extension as .ini, and it is not saved as a .txt file.***
  • Delete any existing boot.ini file on your flashdrive.
  • Transfer the new boot.ini file that you just created, to the flashdrive.
Remove the flashdrive and connect it to the ailing computer.

Boot with Slacko Puppy and navigate to sda2.
  • In sda2, delete the existing boot.ini file.
  • Now, copy the new boot.ini file from the flashdrive to sda2.
  • Shut down Puppy and remove the CD.
Attempt to start the computer normally. Success?
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:21 PM

Thanks for the help, I am in the middle of getting everything checked. I should have everything check soon and I will start with the replacement of the boot.ini file

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:23 PM

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:59 AM

After transfer the files I needed some errors were reported, some files are corrupted but some are unnecessary.

I replace the boot.ini file with the one you mention before and ran the computer normally and the error still coming up and the system is hang up waiting for the missing file.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:39 AM

I hope you got most of your files without corruption.

I would like to verify what you have done:
  • Please copy the boot.ini file from sda2 to a flashdrive.
  • Transfer to a working computer.
  • Zip up the boot.ini file:
    • Right-click on the boot.ini file > Send to ... > Compressed (zipped) Folder.
  • Attach the resulting .zip file to your reply.
    When you click on Add Reply, you will see the facility to attach a file just below the box where you type your message.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:32 PM

I notice when I try to write on the sda2 the computer showed a message that is on write-protected mode. "Read Only". So the changes that I supposed to do didn't happened. I have been trying to copy the file with the slacko and every time shows a message that is working with the kernel ntfs basic module and shows read only. How can I access the hard drive so I can copy the boot.ini file to the sda2 partition.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:05 PM

I used the Xp recovery console to get in the system and copy the boot.ini from the flash drive to the c drive where windows is located. But now an error showing

Windows could not start because of an error in the software.
load needed DLLs for kernel.

It doesn't pass from there.

Atached is the boot.ini zipped that is on the sda2 partition

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:28 AM

Good job! Thanks for confirming that we did all we could do with the boot.ini file (and fixed the "hal.dll missing or corrupt" error message).

Things are not looking so good as far as getting Windows repaired and up and running again.

I am reduced to a couple of things to try in desperation, before abandoning the current Windows installation:
  • Running ntfsfix from the Puppy console.
  • Running chkdsk /p from the Windows Recovery Console (and hoping it might just work where chkdsk /r would not).

:step1: Re: ntfsfix from Puppy console
  • Boot with Slacko Puppy.
  • On the Desktop, click on Console to open a console window.
  • Type ntfsfix /dev/sda2 and press <ENTER>.
  • What do you see on screen as a result of doing that?
  • Attempt to start the computer normally. Success?

:step2: Boot to the XP Recovery Console and type chkdsk /p and press <ENTER>.
  • What is the result?
  • Attempt to start the computer normally. Success?

:step3: Try chkdsk /r one more time .... in a desperate last attempt.

Edited by AustrAlien, 12 April 2012 - 02:30 AM.

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