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Hal.dll Missing Or Corrupted


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#1 Wassim

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 06:29 AM

my friend gave me his laptop to fix it.
the problem is that when i start the laptop it says :

"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."

1)I know that i should boot the laptop on the Windows XP SP2 CD and repair it from the Windows setup, but i wanna know if i should do a automated repair wish repairs everything i guess or just re-install a copy of hal.dll and if i just have to re-install a copy, what are the commands?

2) It seems that the CD drive of the laptop is not workin well because at some point of the windows setup before reaching the repair part it stops reading the XP CD and ask me to insert it, though its in, and i know the CD is fine because i've tried it on another computer,so i was wondering if there is another way to fix hal.dll without using the CD drive.

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 08:40 AM

See if one of these helps:
Error Message: Cannot Find \Windows\System32\hal.dll

"Invalid Boot.ini" or "Windows could not start" error messages when you start your computer
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Posted 28 May 2007 - 03:19 PM

I'd suggest trying to copy the CD to the laptop's hard drive and run it from there - but it's very difficult to do without being in Windows.

What is the exact message that it gives you when it asks for another CD? Sometimes it's looking for another copy of XP, sometimes for a restore CD from the computer manufacturer, and sometimes it's asking for the SP2 CD.

I'd suggest trying the links that tg1911 mentioned as they're most likely to fix this issue for you.

Do you have a boot disk of some sort that will allow you to write to the hard drive? You'll need that if you're going to try and replace the hal.dll file. Either the Ultimate Boot CD or Bart PE (both are free) should allow you to do this.

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 04:02 PM

Thanks guys, i guess there is a problem in the laptops CD drive, i 'll try to get a copy of the Windows XP USB bootable.

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 04:21 PM

A couple of ways to make a pendrive bootable: http://www.bootdisk.com/pendrive.htm
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