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Bsod, error code:0x00000024, hdd problem booting xp os

Hi guys, im trying to fix a sony vaio VGN-T170P but at start up after(vaio screen) i get the bsod, error code:0x00000024, and have sussed out that the hal.dll file has something to do with it, iv tried to reboot using windows cd, but it's not letting me access the windows partitions etc.... i cant get access to formatting options and just my luck that the hdd doesnt have a backed up version of os etc on it.... vaio recovery wizard is there but cant get what it aint got lol, any advice on the msk400 (toshiba hdd) format?

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  • michael-mayo Apr 24, 2009

    it wont allow me to boot the disk...

    the factory settings are ok, i just cant access anything other than the f2 bios, the f6 install third party drive, and the f12 network boot option, but it still continues to boot direct into the os and ignores the xp disk? hope you can give me further advice....

    thanks


  • michael-mayo Apr 25, 2009

    i have just tried that too, thanks for your input but it still the same problem, and i cant access command prompt to format and re-install windows neither, any tricks that you may know with the back off of it?

    btw, all memory is perfectly fine [as seen in setup utility screen] so its not an hardware issue, it is definately a windows registry error with the hal.dll file, im thinking it's the anti-virus which was on it, error code 0x00000024 is typical of this kind of thing, but the vaio VGN-T170P has eluded my expertise and is becoming a problem, if i cant re-install windows then the other option is a £60 hdd from maplin, failing that the vaio would look good as a digital picture frame lol

    anyone got any ideas or have had similar problems? please advise, thanks to all who have given there advice....


  • michael-mayo Apr 27, 2009

    done that too, but to no avail, it is proper fried now i opened it and bent one of the pins, oh well, frustration gets the better of all of us at some point, when i go to blackpool (england) im gonna throw it off the top of the tower i think!!!! sony are **** buy acer people!!!!

  • michael-mayo Apr 27, 2009

    well before i had the bsod with error code 0x00000024, which is to do with the ha.dll file being altered by either a virus or a dumb anti-virus program which prob expired, now all i get is the 'operating system not found message', i think that the magnetic slider coil has a dodgy earth with regard to this newer problem (inside the hdd) because the hdd is not even powering up no more, hey i sound like a proper noob again, so im just gonna strip it again and get a magnifying glass etc to ensure that i rebuild the hdd right this time, and ensure that all micro connectors are level and aligned right, then im just gonna look for hdd formating equiptment and some professional software to reconfigure the hdd to its original condition without touching the vaio, im gonna go trawl the net for toshiba based equiptment to fix the problem because regardless of the fault it's something i need to learn (the hard way) to ensure the problem can be capitalised on in the future...... thanks for your comments ;-)

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Can you do this

Boot from the Windows XP CD.
Watch for a Press any key to boot from CD... message similar to the one shown above.
Press a key to force the computer to boot from the Windows CD. If you do not press a key, your PC will continue to boot to the Windows XP installation that's currently installed on your hard drive. If this happens, simply reboot and try to boot to the Windows XP CD again.
When the Windows XP Professional/Home Setup screen appears, press R to enter Recovery Console
Select your OS and enter password (if needed)
When you reach the command prompt type the following and then press Enter:
expand d:\i386\hal.dl_ c:\windows\system32\hal.dll
Using the expand command as shown above, d represents the drive letter assigned to the optical drive that your Windows XP CD is currently in. While this is most often d, your system could assign a different letter. Also, c:\windows represents the drive and folder that Windows XP is currently installed on. Again, this is most often the case but your system could be different.
If you're prompted to overwrite the file, press Y.
Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

  • Fritzelly Apr 24, 2009

    In bios set the boot order so the cd/dvd drive is first followed by your hdd

  • Fritzelly Apr 27, 2009

    If its only bent you can just bend it back.

    Did you go into bios and set the boot order, if its not recognising the cd/dvd then that itself may be broke coz its very strange that it would just complete bypass it.

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