Missing or corrupt hal.dll file XP will not start
Posted 22 November 2011 - 12:08 AM
Posted 22 November 2011 - 06:03 AM
If the recovery console works it should then recognise your windows installation.
repair a Win XP installation using the Recovery Console by hitting R,
It will ask which Windows installation you wish to repair, you will key the number - very likely 1.
It will ask for a password. This is not your normal windows password it is the password for the admin account created when windows was installed.
Try leaving it blank.
If that does not work try every password you know.
Then if you get into the recovery console start with a
command on the prompt.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:09 AM
Posted 22 November 2011 - 11:53 AM
Exit recovery console, by typing exit and keying enter
Take out CD.
Try to boot to Windows on HDD
Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:17 AM
Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:45 PM
2. check in BIOS that the HARD drive is shown as a boot device in boot priority - that is where you went to change boot device to CD.
Ensure that the second boot priority is the Hard drive with Windows on it.
3. If the answer to the above is YES go back to recovery console and type
- bootcfg /rebuild
- Tthat will scan your hard drives for any Windows XP installations and then display the results. Follow the remaining steps to add your Windows XP installation to the boot.ini file.
- The first prompt asks Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All).
Type Y in response to this question and press Enter.
- The next prompt asks you to Enter Load Identifier:.
This is the name of the operating system. For example, type Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition and press Enter.
- The final prompt asks you to Enter OS Load options:.
Type /Fastdetect here and press Enter.
- Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.
Posted 23 November 2011 - 01:37 PM
Posted 24 November 2011 - 01:39 PM
Posted 24 November 2011 - 02:13 PM
I performed the tasks you outlined, and the PC booted successfully from the hard drive
I bet you heaved a sigh of relief - did you not.?
Well done at following the instructions, both for the making of the Cd`s and the commands.
I would keep those CD`s the Puppy and the Recovery Console in Wallets so they do not get scratched, one tiny scratch and they will likely not work again.
Now to look at what we have - send me a copy of the boot.ini file please.
In system properties window that opens click the advanced tab
Click Settings under the startup and recovery
Then on the system startup click the edit button.
The boot.ini will open in notepad.
Clcik the edit tab click select all
click the edit tab again click copy.
On your reply message right click and paste.
NOTE do not press any key whilst in notepad other than those I have indicated, otherwise you will change the boot.ini in notepad.
After the edit etc, simply close notepad and close all windows.
Posted 25 November 2011 - 03:27 AM
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Home Edition" Fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Whistler Personal" /fastdetect
Hmmm...I am not sure what the "Microsoft Windows Whistler Personal" would be...
Posted 25 November 2011 - 08:15 AM
Some early HP computers were loaded with Windows Whistler and then, XP Home when they were sold.
Although care is needed, as it may be that HP have put the recovery system on a partition of the hard drive.
It has become visible because of the instruction bootcfg /rebuild in recovery console.
In all honesty - I do not actually know, what is on Whistler, but there is a way of finding out before we proceed.
Please go Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Management in the left pane and when that loads please post the details of what is shown in respect of C drive, which will be 0 in the lower window.
Your external drive and your CD drive will also be shown but you do not need to send details of those.
After you have done that we will edit your boot.ini to load just the XP Home at startup
Posted 25 November 2011 - 01:16 PM
On the left side of the screen, it says:
There are two entries for this disk:
4.66 GB FAT32
Healthy (EISA Configuration)
69.89 GB NTFS
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