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PC Problem
    #4537578 - 08/15/05 01:17 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

I'm having a problem with a laptop I have. When I try to restart it, the BSOD flashes, saying something about missing a .dll file. Then the pc restarts and the same thing happens again.

Is there anything I can do, or do I just have to reformat the drive?


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Re: PC Problem [Re: Redstorm]
    #4537671 - 08/15/05 01:38 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Reformatting should work.

Is the .dll file named "hal.dll" ??

If you have a WindowsXP CD (that is what you're using?) put it in and wait for it to boot into the setup program.

At the first screen where it says "Press Enter to set up Windows XP" it should also say "Press R for Recovery Console". Press R.

It will ask you which partition you want to boot into, chose the C:\Windows partition.

Try running "chkdsk /f" to scan the hard drive and make sure everything is OK. If it is "hal.dll" that is missing you can try running "fixboot". You can also copy the file from the CD to your C:\Windows\system32 folder, but will probably have to expand the file as well (it's either 'expand <filename>' or 'extract <filename>' for command).

Hope that helps.


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Re: PC Problem [Re: trendal]
    #4537782 - 08/15/05 02:10 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Yeah, I got into the repair mode, but it's been years since I have used DOS, so I had no idea what I was supposed to do to fix it.

I couldn't catch the name of the .dll, since the screen just flashes and restarts.


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Re: PC Problem [Re: Redstorm]
    #4537970 - 08/15/05 03:07 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

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Yeah, I got into the repair mode, but it's been years since I have used DOS, so I had no idea what I was supposed to do to fix it.

I couldn't catch the name of the .dll, since the screen just flashes and restarts.




Well, if you find it necessary to copy the missing .DLL from your Windows CD to your computer to get stuff to work then do the following:

Start your computer in DOS mode with CD support. Figure out what your CD drive is (usually D, E, or F). Go to that drive by typing the drive letter and a colon (:) and pressing enter. You might have to try several drives before you find it. So:

Type - D: (enter)

then type - CD\ (enter)

This should take you to a prompt that says D:\> (or E:\> or whatever)

type - dir (enter)

You should see directories and files list that make it apparent that you are on the CD drive and you are looking at the windows CD.


Type - dir /s /p hal.dll (or whatever the .dll file name is)

The computer will look for the file on every directory of the CD

When it finds it it will tell you where it is.

type - CD (the directory path) ...for example if it says it is in D:\Windows\Library\DLL then you would type CD Windows\Library\DLL

The prompt should now say D:\Windows\Library\DLL>

type - copy hal.dll C:\windows\system (enter) (trendal...correct me if I am wrong) I think C:\windows\system is where library files should be stored

Hope that helps

If all else fails...backup all important files and format the bitch.


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Re: PC Problem [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #4538493 - 08/15/05 05:00 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Is there any way I can freeze the BSOD so I can read what dll is missing?

Also, is there any way I can backup my stuff without getting into windows?


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Re: PC Problem [Re: Redstorm]
    #4538535 - 08/15/05 05:11 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

You can try to freeze the BSOD when it appears by hitting the "Pause/Break" key near the upper-right of your keyboard. You'll have to get the timing right-on, which will be rather difficult.

If you know how to use Linux you could get a Live CD like Knoppix and use that to boot the computer into XWindows. You should be able to back everything up from in there.

Now on the subject fo backing everything up...it doesn't sound like you have lost any data on the drive, so you should be able to re-install Windows without having to resort to a format of the drive.

When Windows asks you which partition you want to use during setup, just chose the one that's already there. It may ask you if you want to format it or not, just chose to "leave it as is". Windows should install fine over top of the copy that is on there, without deleting any of your data files (though you will most likely lose all settings and such on the computer - windows will be a FRESH install).


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Re: PC Problem [Re: trendal]
    #4538540 - 08/15/05 05:12 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Ok, that's cool. I was under the impression that to install windows, you had to delete everything on the hard drive as well. Thanks!


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