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hal.dll error

by ZombiesNJ / February 10, 2007 6:34 AM PST

HELP! I'm an IT guy and I still can't figure out how to fix this!!! I get an error message upon startup: Windows could not start because the following file is missing of corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Sounds like an easy fix...BUT...I cannot get to the dos prompt on the recovery console. It says that no hard drives have been found. I am able to get to the dos prompt when i plug in my USB HD and then go into the recovery console, but i am not able to switch to the directory of my fixed HD! My bios does recognize the HD. Is there a tool out there that i could put on a floppy or CD that could fix this? Or is my HD just toast? PLEASE HELP!

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2007 6:37 AM PST
In reply to: hal.dll error

INSERT LINUX can write to NTFS volumes so you can boot and copy that file in. But can I ask this question?

Did you type that error message into to see how others fixed it?


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by ZombiesNJ / February 11, 2007 12:11 AM PST

Yeah I already looked all over and all of the solutions involve going into the recovery console...which i cannot get to because it cannot detect that my HD exists. I just plugged in another HD with XP in an attempt to go to the recovery console from that HD (I get a blue screen error when it tries to load into XP) and it wont detect that HD either!

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Could be proper. XP doesn't do SATA hard disks.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 11, 2007 12:25 AM PST
In reply to: Yes

Unless we feed it the needed drivers. It's a shame Microsoft doesn't address that so IT staffers didn't have to work as hard.



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by ZombiesNJ / February 11, 2007 1:07 AM PST

I'm downloading that now as we speak...I think that's my last really is puzzling to me why it wont pick up the second HD and at least allow me to do a clean install on that. IT does recognize both drives in the BIOS though...Thank you for you help...I will try the INSERT LINUX and let you know how that goes

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When starting the Recovery Console...
by Edward ODaniel / February 11, 2007 4:31 AM PST
In reply to: hal.dll error

you still get to the point where you are instructed to press F6 to install drivers.

Have the SATA drivers handy on a floppy and install them:


Comment from CraigSNYC
Date: 12/02/2005 10:45AM PST
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UPDATE--> downloaded SATA driver from Dell's website and installed the drivers on a floppy. Booted the system from the install disk and pressed <F6> to install additional disk driver. RC found drive!!! Yes, I'm surprised as well.

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Not a SATA drive...
by ZombiesNJ / February 11, 2007 4:56 AM PST

Sorry I failed to mention that I don't have a SATA drive...I have ultra ATA

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There are some motherboards that require that F6 step
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 11, 2007 5:02 AM PST
In reply to: Not a SATA drive...

And are on IDE. Your lack of details hampers the discussion.

But most systems with IDE will at least get the primary PATA IDE good enough to write. But then again I'm encountering IT staffers that can't tell me how to jumper drives or know that jumpering changes from 80 to 40 conductor cables.

This is not meant to slap you around but you could engage a bit more if you want to nail this down.


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