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Missing or corrupt hal.dll

by dcreck / April 5, 2009 1:24 PM PDT

I installed a dynex wired ethernet adapter in a friend's computer. According to her, it turned on the night I installed it, but she still couldn't on the internet. The next day, it didn't work at all and she received a message before it even boots saying

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

Unfortunately, neither of us have a windows xp reinstallation disc.

I haven't had a chance to get in to her computer so I'm not sure of too many things either than she needs to keep a can of air handy. It's a Dell Dimension 4400 with XP home.

What are my options?

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Missing or corrupt hal.dll
by techservices24 / April 5, 2009 8:18 PM PDT

Please try to follow the Microsoft kb article id: 945380 for the complete troubleshootine steps.

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missing or corrupt hal.dll
by dcreck / April 6, 2009 8:57 AM PDT

Unfortunately, I don't have a windows xp disc. Is there a way to install he recovery console without it?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 7, 2009 12:55 AM PDT

But your machine's maker has to tell you how. If there is a real drawback to pre-installed Windows and restore media it's that repairs that can be done with the full retail XP can't be done with factory installs.

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error loading operating system
by dcreck / April 9, 2009 7:17 AM PDT

Ok, I was given the reinstallation disc and thought my problems were over. I kept getting errors saying that the partition could not be formatted. I tried again, and let it sit overnight since it was taking forever. I get back from work and see the infamous blue screen. I do a hard shut down and turn it back on and have only a black screen saying 'error loading operating system'. what did I and can I do?

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If you haven't
by Cursorcowboy / April 10, 2009 12:19 AM PDT

consider trying a "Bare Bones Troubleshooting Installation" described in this link. What is advocated is that the box does not have anything more than it had originally when a reinstallation disc is used.

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Is this procedure?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2009 8:10 AM PDT
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