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Computer Died?

by jhedger69 / December 29, 2008 12:37 PM PST

When I turn on my computer (Dell Inspiron 1200) it tries to boot but before anything appears I get this message:

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.

Does that mean my hard drive has crashed?

Any help would be appreciated

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Something like that happend to me.
by alpha1one3 / December 29, 2008 1:50 PM PST
In reply to: Computer Died?

You need the original install disk from you're operating system. What's the operating system vista or Xp? If it's vista all you need to do is boot the vista disk and press fix. Vista disk will scan for the problem and replace the corrupted file for you. If it's Xp well you it could use fixboot or fixMBR in the recovery console. Hope this helps srry if it doesnt.

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Thanks but how do I do that?
by jhedger69 / December 30, 2008 11:22 AM PST

How do I do anything to fix it when I can't get it to boot? It's XP, by the way...

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