bootup and HAL

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Okay - here is a problem I'm sure you've all heard before. My computer was
out of its head and doing some very weird things. My IT friend suggested
that I format the drive and reinstall XP Pro. When I finished and tried to
boot the system I got the old 'file missing or corrupt - hal.dll' error.

I have researched this online and have followed all the suggestions I found.
I reformatted the again and did another install - no help. I tried editing
the boot.ini, rebuilding the boot.ini, ect - no help. I tried a repair using
the XP CD - no help. I tried NTFS and FAT 32 file systems to see if that
helped - it didn't. I've done about everything I can think of except
installing Win98 and doing an upgrade install. I haven't hit it with a
hammer, either - yet.

If anyone has and suggestions, please, please let me know what they are.

Thanks in advance.
radman
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Did you check at Kellys
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_haldll_missing.htm

    "radman" <radman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:A4A7F33E-1A2A-40B3-8B68-3933EBD251D9@microsoft.com...
    > Okay - here is a problem I'm sure you've all heard before. My computer
    > was
    > out of its head and doing some very weird things. My IT friend suggested
    > that I format the drive and reinstall XP Pro. When I finished and tried
    > to
    > boot the system I got the old 'file missing or corrupt - hal.dll' error.
    >
    > I have researched this online and have followed all the suggestions I
    > found.
    > I reformatted the again and did another install - no help. I tried
    > editing
    > the boot.ini, rebuilding the boot.ini, ect - no help. I tried a repair
    > using
    > the XP CD - no help. I tried NTFS and FAT 32 file systems to see if that
    > helped - it didn't. I've done about everything I can think of except
    > installing Win98 and doing an upgrade install. I haven't hit it with a
    > hammer, either - yet.
    >
    > If anyone has and suggestions, please, please let me know what they are.
    >
    > Thanks in advance.
    > radman
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Yes, I did - several times, in fact. Nothing I try seems to fix the problem.
    Could be I'm not doing it right,but it doesn't seem that difficult.

    The last thing I did was write the entire drive with '0''s using the
    diagnostic tool from Maxtor. (I scanned the drive first for bad clusters,
    but it said the drive is fine.) I thought perhaps there were some corrupt
    files still on the drive, but after reinstalling XP, I got the same error on
    boot up.

    Any suggestions??

    rad

    "Rich Barry" wrote:

    > Did you check at Kellys
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_haldll_missing.htm
    >
    > "radman" <radman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:A4A7F33E-1A2A-40B3-8B68-3933EBD251D9@microsoft.com...
    > > Okay - here is a problem I'm sure you've all heard before. My computer
    > > was
    > > out of its head and doing some very weird things. My IT friend suggested
    > > that I format the drive and reinstall XP Pro. When I finished and tried
    > > to
    > > boot the system I got the old 'file missing or corrupt - hal.dll' error.
    > >
    > > I have researched this online and have followed all the suggestions I
    > > found.
    > > I reformatted the again and did another install - no help. I tried
    > > editing
    > > the boot.ini, rebuilding the boot.ini, ect - no help. I tried a repair
    > > using
    > > the XP CD - no help. I tried NTFS and FAT 32 file systems to see if that
    > > helped - it didn't. I've done about everything I can think of except
    > > installing Win98 and doing an upgrade install. I haven't hit it with a
    > > hammer, either - yet.
    > >
    > > If anyone has and suggestions, please, please let me know what they are.
    > >
    > > Thanks in advance.
    > > radman
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    If you drive is a PATA I would move it to another IDE connector and
    make sure the Ribbon Cable is 80 wire. If SATA
    did you use a Drive Overlay to install it or PCI Card??
    "radman" <radman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:53D560B7-21D9-4414-82B5-E159F80A3839@microsoft.com...
    > Yes, I did - several times, in fact. Nothing I try seems to fix the
    > problem.
    > Could be I'm not doing it right,but it doesn't seem that difficult.
    >
    > The last thing I did was write the entire drive with '0''s using the
    > diagnostic tool from Maxtor. (I scanned the drive first for bad clusters,
    > but it said the drive is fine.) I thought perhaps there were some corrupt
    > files still on the drive, but after reinstalling XP, I got the same error
    > on
    > boot up.
    >
    > Any suggestions??
    >
    > rad
    >
    > "Rich Barry" wrote:
    >
    >> Did you check at Kellys
    >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_haldll_missing.htm
    >>
    >> "radman" <radman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:A4A7F33E-1A2A-40B3-8B68-3933EBD251D9@microsoft.com...
    >> > Okay - here is a problem I'm sure you've all heard before. My computer
    >> > was
    >> > out of its head and doing some very weird things. My IT friend
    >> > suggested
    >> > that I format the drive and reinstall XP Pro. When I finished and
    >> > tried
    >> > to
    >> > boot the system I got the old 'file missing or corrupt - hal.dll'
    >> > error.
    >> >
    >> > I have researched this online and have followed all the suggestions I
    >> > found.
    >> > I reformatted the again and did another install - no help. I tried
    >> > editing
    >> > the boot.ini, rebuilding the boot.ini, ect - no help. I tried a repair
    >> > using
    >> > the XP CD - no help. I tried NTFS and FAT 32 file systems to see if
    >> > that
    >> > helped - it didn't. I've done about everything I can think of except
    >> > installing Win98 and doing an upgrade install. I haven't hit it with a
    >> > hammer, either - yet.
    >> >
    >> > If anyone has and suggestions, please, please let me know what they
    >> > are.
    >> >
    >> > Thanks in advance.
    >> > radman
    >>
    >>
    >>
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Rich,

    You'll probably think I'm a moron, but I don't know for sure if it is a PATA
    or SATA. It does have an 80 wire cable. All the low level format and
    reinstall got me was reassigned drive letters. The only other IDE connection
    is for the CD drives - will those work?

    The drive is a Maxtor & I did the format with powermax diagnostic tool from
    their web site. I'm 'bout ready to take the dang thing to the shop.

    rad

    "Rich Barry" wrote:

    > If you drive is a PATA I would move it to another IDE connector and
    > make sure the Ribbon Cable is 80 wire. If SATA
    > did you use a Drive Overlay to install it or PCI Card??
    > "radman" <radman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:53D560B7-21D9-4414-82B5-E159F80A3839@microsoft.com...
    > > Yes, I did - several times, in fact. Nothing I try seems to fix the
    > > problem.
    > > Could be I'm not doing it right,but it doesn't seem that difficult.
    > >
    > > The last thing I did was write the entire drive with '0''s using the
    > > diagnostic tool from Maxtor. (I scanned the drive first for bad clusters,
    > > but it said the drive is fine.) I thought perhaps there were some corrupt
    > > files still on the drive, but after reinstalling XP, I got the same error
    > > on
    > > boot up.
    > >
    > > Any suggestions??
    > >
    > > rad
    > >
    > > "Rich Barry" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Did you check at Kellys
    > >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_haldll_missing.htm
    > >>
    > >> "radman" <radman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:A4A7F33E-1A2A-40B3-8B68-3933EBD251D9@microsoft.com...
    > >> > Okay - here is a problem I'm sure you've all heard before. My computer
    > >> > was
    > >> > out of its head and doing some very weird things. My IT friend
    > >> > suggested
    > >> > that I format the drive and reinstall XP Pro. When I finished and
    > >> > tried
    > >> > to
    > >> > boot the system I got the old 'file missing or corrupt - hal.dll'
    > >> > error.
    > >> >
    > >> > I have researched this online and have followed all the suggestions I
    > >> > found.
    > >> > I reformatted the again and did another install - no help. I tried
    > >> > editing
    > >> > the boot.ini, rebuilding the boot.ini, ect - no help. I tried a repair
    > >> > using
    > >> > the XP CD - no help. I tried NTFS and FAT 32 file systems to see if
    > >> > that
    > >> > helped - it didn't. I've done about everything I can think of except
    > >> > installing Win98 and doing an upgrade install. I haven't hit it with a
    > >> > hammer, either - yet.
    > >> >
    > >> > If anyone has and suggestions, please, please let me know what they
    > >> > are.
    > >> >
    > >> > Thanks in advance.
    > >> > radman
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    >
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Did you try going into the Bios and Setting it to Fail Safe Default or
    Optimal. Go to PnP/PCI and enabled reset
    configuration. Boot Sector Anti Virus should be disabled. PATA is the
    older IDE configuration. SATA is the newer
    Serial ATA configuration which uses a much smaller cable. If you are
    using 80 wire then it's PATA.
    "radman" <radman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:724755AF-CFFE-4E1B-A19A-A0E1506903F0@microsoft.com...
    > Rich,
    >
    > You'll probably think I'm a moron, but I don't know for sure if it is a
    > PATA
    > or SATA. It does have an 80 wire cable. All the low level format and
    > reinstall got me was reassigned drive letters. The only other IDE
    > connection
    > is for the CD drives - will those work?
    >
    > The drive is a Maxtor & I did the format with powermax diagnostic tool
    > from
    > their web site. I'm 'bout ready to take the dang thing to the shop.
    >
    > rad
    >
    > "Rich Barry" wrote:
    >
    >> If you drive is a PATA I would move it to another IDE connector
    >> and
    >> make sure the Ribbon Cable is 80 wire. If SATA
    >> did you use a Drive Overlay to install it or PCI Card??
    >> "radman" <radman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:53D560B7-21D9-4414-82B5-E159F80A3839@microsoft.com...
    >> > Yes, I did - several times, in fact. Nothing I try seems to fix the
    >> > problem.
    >> > Could be I'm not doing it right,but it doesn't seem that difficult.
    >> >
    >> > The last thing I did was write the entire drive with '0''s using the
    >> > diagnostic tool from Maxtor. (I scanned the drive first for bad
    >> > clusters,
    >> > but it said the drive is fine.) I thought perhaps there were some
    >> > corrupt
    >> > files still on the drive, but after reinstalling XP, I got the same
    >> > error
    >> > on
    >> > boot up.
    >> >
    >> > Any suggestions??
    >> >
    >> > rad
    >> >
    >> > "Rich Barry" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> Did you check at Kellys
    >> >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_haldll_missing.htm
    >> >>
    >> >> "radman" <radman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> news:A4A7F33E-1A2A-40B3-8B68-3933EBD251D9@microsoft.com...
    >> >> > Okay - here is a problem I'm sure you've all heard before. My
    >> >> > computer
    >> >> > was
    >> >> > out of its head and doing some very weird things. My IT friend
    >> >> > suggested
    >> >> > that I format the drive and reinstall XP Pro. When I finished and
    >> >> > tried
    >> >> > to
    >> >> > boot the system I got the old 'file missing or corrupt - hal.dll'
    >> >> > error.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > I have researched this online and have followed all the suggestions
    >> >> > I
    >> >> > found.
    >> >> > I reformatted the again and did another install - no help. I tried
    >> >> > editing
    >> >> > the boot.ini, rebuilding the boot.ini, ect - no help. I tried a
    >> >> > repair
    >> >> > using
    >> >> > the XP CD - no help. I tried NTFS and FAT 32 file systems to see if
    >> >> > that
    >> >> > helped - it didn't. I've done about everything I can think of
    >> >> > except
    >> >> > installing Win98 and doing an upgrade install. I haven't hit it
    >> >> > with a
    >> >> > hammer, either - yet.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > If anyone has and suggestions, please, please let me know what they
    >> >> > are.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Thanks in advance.
    >> >> > radman
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
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