Computer help needed

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  1. keith

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    Had problems with my PC recently & have pinned it down to a corrupt file in windows. :cry:
    My first thought was to run System Recovery which re-installed the laptop back to it's original settings. However the file is still corrupt as when I start the computer it offers to start XP Home Edition or Windows (default), & wont start XP as each time I try I get the same message.
    'Windows could not start because the file below is missing or corrupt
    <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll'

    The file is still there so it must be corrupted. It is 129 KB & a Application Extension.

    Anyone any ideas :Eeek:
     
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    Have you tried going for a new installation and going for the repair option. (Not the r repair console option)Just keep going for the new install and IGNORE the repair console option.
    The install searches for previous installations of Windows.

    Then it should offer a repair option in the menu.

    Do not go for a clean installation or delete or format the drive OR YOU WILL LOSE ALL OF YOUR DATA.
     
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  5. keith

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    Have tried all these options Steve (but did back up my files first) but still the message comes up. My be a hard drive problem. :Sad:
     
  6. totalynutz

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    i think you may have a problem with the boot.ini file if the reinstall did not fix it
    it could be either corroupt ,damaged or it is pointing the stratup ot look in wrong location .
    The easiest way to fix this is to boot to the Recovery Console and replace the old
    boot.ini with a new one. Once you have booted to the Recovery Console run these commands at
    the prompt:Attrib -H -R -S C:boot.ini   (This removes the attributes and allows deletion).
    DEL C:boot.ini                  (Deletes the corrupted boot.ini
    file)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
    BootCfg /Rebuild                (Recreates the new boot.ini file)If you would like
    to view the boot.ini file, you will need a boot disk to get to the DOS prompt. If you have formatted
    with FAT32, then you may use a Windows boot disk (such as a W98 disk), but if you are running
    NTFS, you will need a NTFS reader boot disk, such as NTFS Reader For DOS
    To diagnose the problem, copy the boot.ini file from the hard drive (C:boot.ini) and
    open it with Notepad. You will want to verify that the "Default=" line as well as the ARC path line
    are pointing to the right location


    this may be an eaier way of doing it



    1. Insert and boot from your Windows XP CD.
    2. At the first R=Repair option, press the "R" key
    3. Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
    4. Typically this will be #1
    5. Type "bootcfg /list" to show the current entries in the BOOT.INI file
    6. Type "bootcfg /rebuild" to repair it
    7. Take out the CD ROM and type "exit" If that doesn't work just press restart button on your PC.
     
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    Keith!
    Is it a laptop or a tower PC!
    If its a tower you could always hook it up to another PC as a slave drive and repair it using the the other PCs operating system!
    If its a Laptop you can buy the lead kit that allows you to do the same!
    I don't think its too expensive and always handy!
    Its just a thought!

    PS! windowsxpcentral

    The guys at this site are experts at this kind of thing!
     
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  8. keith

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    Only got one computer unfortunatly, a laptop so no chance at the moment but I will keep that in mind.

    Going to look at that site after the quiz.:thumb:
     
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    To be honest!
    I don't like recommending things but i have been a member of XP central since i bought a computer!
    I learned so much so fast!
    Even just reading the posts!
    If its XP orientated these people are on the ball!
    The dictionary would have to invent a new word to explain how good i have found their help and devotion to helping anyone!
    They really go out of their way to help you!
    Pretty much like the people i have seen on this site!
    Awwww!:Rofl1:
     
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    Have you tried these commands from the recovery console?

    If you suspect a hard disk problem... go to recovery console....command prompt.

    CHKDSK is one of the more popular commands that you will come across in XP and 2000. For boot problems you should always try the "CHKDSK /F" (Within Operating System) or "CHKDSK /P" (Outside Operating System (Recovery Console)) option first before you go about reinstalling or repairing Windows.

    Other CHKDSK options can be found by typing "CHKDSK /?" ​

    Run the full scan.​

    Then it it still does not run...........Try the 2 following commands, again from the recovery console.​

    fixboot (drive)
    drive = This is the drive that a boot sector will be written to and will replace the system partition that you're currently logged on to. If no drive is specified, the boot sector will be written to the system partition that you're currently logged on to.



    Fixboot Command Examples:
    fixboot c:
    In the above example, the boot sector is written to the partition that's currently labeled as the C: drive - most likely the partition you are currently logged on to. If that is the case, this command could be run without the c: option.

    or

    Fixmbr Command Syntax: fixmbr (device_name)
    device_name = This is where you designate the exact drive location that a master boot record will be written to. If no device is specified, the master boot record will be written to the primary boot drive.



    Fixmbr Command Examples:
    fixmbr \Device\HardDisk0
    In the above example, the master boot record is written to the drive located at \Device\HardDisk0.
    fixmbr
    In this example, the master boot record is written to the device that your primary system is loaded onto. If you have a single installation of Windows installed, which is normally the case, running the fixmbr command in this way is usually the right way to go.

    If it still doesnt work ... Install windows xp on the C:\ by overwriting the original installation. Not deleting the partition.Your data will still be there but applications and Microsoft updates will have to be reinstalled.
     
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