Recently 3 things happend to my PC.
1) I upgraded memory from 700MB to 1Gig.
2) I got warnings from Norton about a "Bloodhound 32" Virus, which it couldnt fix
3) I got messages saying I needed to update but I needed to insert the Win Xp CD, as the file was "missing"
I think 2 has caused my problem. I am having the exact same problem as this guy here (I would have posted in that thread but it says make your own threads for your own questions). When I turn on my Dell (also a 4550), it goes to boot up, gives me a Plug and Play error (I press F1 to continue) and then I get the Windows root \system\hal.dll is missing, and can't boot up any farther.
I dont have the Dell restore CD that came with my PC (I lost it when I left University), I've still got my correct user validation code for Win Xp tho (thats on the side of my PC). It tried to boot off my Dad's Dell restore CD, but that is an XP pro cd for a dell 8200 and doesnt boot up. I could try using my sisters Dell restore XP cd as that is a 4700 and for XP Home so hopefully will work.
Does anyone have any tips on what I should do, and if I'll be able to restore the system?
Any help would be great, thanks in advance.