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Corrupt file? It wont do nothing..

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July 13, 2011 6:37:58 PM

Right,

my laptop which is ancient old, has suddenly decided to have a corrupt file. i have already wiped the harddrive a few years ago so i know how to access the "boot from CD" option, but now it doesnt seem to want to give me that option! regardless of which F button i hold on start up.

the notice reads as: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or currupt: <windows root>\system32\hal.dll.

Its a Packard Bell Easynote. Pass on the model of easynote. The only thing close to the model is easynote pb11r00001
the serial no is 102638040134 just incase someone needs it.

anything else anyone needs to know, please ask

any help will be appreciated.
many thanks~

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July 13, 2011 6:47:48 PM

check your bios, make sure it's still set to try to boot from CD-drive first. (to access bios read on screen prompts for setup, it could be one of the F# keys, it could be Del it could be Insert, w/e it is, you want to hit it repeatedly instead of holding it)

you probably just need to do a repair reinstall of windows, since as you say, your pc is getting old so probably getting its share of HDD errors.
July 13, 2011 9:16:30 PM

AntiZig said:
check your bios, make sure it's still set to try to boot from CD-drive first.
yep, its set to that.
AntiZig said:
(to access bios read on screen prompts for setup, it could be one of the F# keys, it could be Del it could be Insert, w/e it is, you want to hit it repeatedly instead of holding it)
tried that too
AntiZig said:
you probably just need to do a repair reinstall of windows, since as you say, your pc is getting old so probably getting its share of HDD errors.
yeah i know, as stated i cant access the "boot from CD" option >:[

usually with other computers ive delt with, theres been prompts or signs of files about to corrupt. this was totally out of the blue. caught me off guard! lol
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July 14, 2011 5:13:30 AM

anyone else have any ideas?
July 14, 2011 9:14:46 PM

bump
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