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640M Dell 640m Laptop - /system32/hal.dll

My 640M laptop was working fine last night. It wouldn't work today and when I F1 it - it stated that:
Problem:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
/system32/hal.dll

There was no software given when I received the new Dell as a gift. The only cardboard looking like a CD stated that there was no CD needed because they said that I could do system restore. Well I am unable to bring the computer up to do system restore. I do not know why Dell did not give a system computer disc. How do I fix this?

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  • sjyjones Sep 25, 2008

    I don't see an answer from voro? What is the solution?

  • sjyjones Sep 25, 2008

    Please give an step by step answer for this.



    Thank you.

  • sjyjones Sep 25, 2008

    What Answer?



    Please someone give an answer - step by step for a solution.



    Or I will plan to get my notebook locally to fix it.



    Thank you.

  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2009

    Exact same problem, error message. I think it was caused by updating Ad-Aware or Spy-Bot, happened right after. Can't start in Safe Mode. What next?!

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If you have a Windows OS, press and hold the ALT and CTRL (control) keys and then press the Up arrow. (If that doesn't work, try holding the Alt and CTRL keys and pressing the left (or right) arrow key twice.) If that fails, right click on the desktop (Windows+D will minimize all programs), anywhere with no running programs or icons. Then select the Screen Resolution option. Look for the line Orientation; use the drop down menu to select the correct orientation. Click Apply and then confirm the setting change if a confirmation window pops up. (This works in Windows 7 and 8.) For older Windows versions on laptops, you may need to select Graphics Properties (or a similar line) and then repeat this. The Windows screen rotation option is dependent on your video card. With some models, you'll need to open the graphics card properties to undo the rotation. You should see a line for the graphics adapter when you right click on the Display.

For Macintosh OS, make sure that the System Preferences is closed. Then open it by pressing Option/alt + CMD . Select the line Display. Find the button labeled Rotation: Standard then choose the correct screen orientation.

I hope this helps.

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