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Missing or corrupt \system32\hal.dll

First it was the missing NTDLR file so I replaced the HD. Then I installed Windows XP but now I get the subject message. If I go back I get the NTDLR error. What gives.

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Re: missing or corrupt \system32\hal.dll

You didn't need to replace the hard drive if there is a missing NTLDR file, it just means that the boot sector is missing or corrupt. You can fix it by putting in your WinXP CD, and choosing REPAIR.(This is known as the Recovery Console and it's in DOS just to warn you...) Then you can type the following at the dos prompt: fixmbr - Fixes corrupt master boot record fixboot - Fixes corrupt boot sector bootcfg /rebuild - Fixes corrupt or missing boot.ini

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MY pc does not start anymore. I have a Seagate hard drive ST380011A. I got the message: The following fail is missingC:/windows rootsystem32hal.dll

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My laptop Acer 5102 gives me the message : NTLDR

I doubt the hard drive is at fault.
NTDLR is a file that Windows needs to "load".
Seems to me, you had an infection or made a configuration change on your computer that caused the NTDLR to get corrupted or deleted.
You need to REPAIR your Windows copy by using your Restore CD that comes with your laptop.
You don't mention what Windows version you're using.
Windows XP and Windows Vista use different ways to do this.

Please don't forget to rate this answer if it helps

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The icon of your hdd iss created from the autorun.inf

Change hard drive icons Change hard drive icons:

To change the icon for your hard drive, create the
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The 36 at the end is the number of the icon I chose.
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To see the change, open Windows Explorer; click
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To preview your icon options, select an icon on
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for the primary partitions of the first two
drives, but did let me change the
primary partition icon of the third drive.

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take to dell and demand the hdd be replaced with a new PE windows xp installation.

if they refuse to do this, consult legal advice as the problem is caused by dell and microsoft transfering and manipulating data between the os and the bios via the ntfs file system (recovery) and the hal.dll file.

problem exists because: ntfs file system can manipulate data sent and recovered to the bios, if for instance your dell laptop etc shut down due to low battery then the bios data and the os data would be out of sync, therfore the operating system would render the previous sector that held the data on the hdd as a 'bad' sector and would then use another 'good' sector to transfer data between os and bios at startup and shut down.

as soon as all good sectors have been used, the bios and the operating system will be out of sync and the hal.dll file or the ntfs file system would not allow the operating system to boot because of the data lapse.

demand a new hdd from dell with their OEM PE windows xp installed, if they refuse, then sew them for damaging your hdd by using a virus type file system (virus is how it works, so in release notes on most websites refer to this) which corrupted your hdd's life expectancy.

chalenge microsoft and dell to refute your alegation in court, after all your claim will make them want to settle out of court instantly...

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If you can't boot from that disk, maybe you can put it in a computer, as a slave disk. I had the same problem because I installed Linux in another partition and Windows didn't like it.

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LOL , no my friend , you simply lost your HAL.dll , hardware abstraction layer

you need to reinstall windows , thats the easy way out

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