missing or damaged hal.dll error message?
Posted 30 May 2006 - 04:51 PM
So, Wannabee, any input or advice for the switch will be good. Hopefully Windows will install.
Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:12 PM
First, let's set the old drive as the Primary Master and see if we can boot to the OS already installed there.
Open the case and locate the old drive...it will probably be connected to the center position on the ribbon (IDE) cable with the new drive on the end of the cable. Disconnect (carefully) both the power and ribbon cables from the old drive. There will be jumper pins on the rear of the drive between the Ribbon Connector and the Power Connector. If you know the make and model of the drive (at least the make) we can dig up the jumper settings to make it Master. Let me know what kind of drive you have...if you know.
Note: Unplug the machine from the wall and always make sure to touch a metal part of the case before reaching inside...Static is NOT our friend here.
Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:19 PM
So, first we will go into the case, disconnect the power and ribboion cables from the old drive, and change the jumper settings to make it the master.
Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:29 PM
Then you'll want to disconnect the new drive and connect that IDE cable to the old drive and plug the power connector in. Leave the other drive disconnected for the moment.
Power the machine on and see if it will boot to that version of windows. I'm not holding my breath on this one, though it would be nice if it started.
Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:37 PM
Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:41 PM
This is the drive we're going to fire up. Your data is safely on the other drive, right?
Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:42 PM
(if they are still there)
Well, old drive says , cannot start because it needs a hal.dll. so we will do a clean installation of windows on this disk and see if it goes, then see if we can access the other drive and put our documents onto this drive,
switch them around again, do a clean install on the newer drive and put the files back on the newer drive.
Edited by meremoongirl, 30 May 2006 - 05:45 PM.
Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:51 PM
Will we be using a full retail version cd for reinstalling, or a recovery cd?
Posted 30 May 2006 - 06:06 PM
Posted 30 May 2006 - 06:10 PM
Posted 30 May 2006 - 06:13 PM
Posted 30 May 2006 - 06:21 PM
Before connecting the other drive, you'll need to set the jumper on it to "Slave" and connect it to the ribbon the old drive was originally connected to.
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