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Computer will not boot and has crashed

My problem is an extensive one. My computer started shutting down for no apparent reason, and one day it started giving me errors so i put in my back up discs and then the problems really started to happen...it would not start up and would continue to beep in a fixed pattern, so I called service and they had me reset my computer. This did not fix the problem......they changed the ram twice, the cpu once, and the motherboard twice, and I think they may have changed the hard drive but I am not sure. And this all started 4 months after purchase and they would not replace my computer, so after 4 years I still have problems. In the last few months the only way I could start my computer was to go into the boot menu and then hit F4 to escape out to restart because the hard drive was not listed till I went in the second time and then to pick that, but then my system would shut down after only a few minutes on the computer. I went to my back up discs again to try and fix the problem and now it gives me system32hal.dll on found insert disc to reload. I never received any discs with my computer......XP or system discs. So I am stumped as to what to do, or is it time to give up and purchase a different computer........and a different brand. HP has given me nothing but problems. I have a HP Media Center PC m1160n. It is not listed below on you product listing, so I entered what I felt was the closest one.
Thank you so much. Any information would be helpful.
Ernestina Snow
snowstorm97@comcast.net

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System32/hal.dll Error.
It stands for Hardware Abstraction Layer. It is most likely caused by a corrupt boot.ini file or hal.dll file missing.

You can download the hal.dll from this link:

  • Download this file.
  • Boot your computer in command prompt mode only
  • copy the hal.dll file to the windows\system32 folder.
  • Then boot normally.

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This actually sounds like a faulty power supply to me.
The Hard drive not being detected will be due to the rest of the system sucking the power to start itself (motherboard goes first), then when the hard drive digs in and tries, there isn't enough there. Suddenly the hard drive dosn't exist.
Go into setup, power has stabilised, HDD gets powered in the next cycle after exiting the bios, but the rest of the system dosn't need to draw as much power since it is active and stable and the hard drive is detected finally.

Now with the system running, the system is unstable due to the power requirements of everything in there eating it.
Even the beep pattern fits the profile, the next big power ****** would have seen to that, the video card.

Get your hands on a decent 450-550w power supply.



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    Peter Thompson Apr 16, 2008

    The ****** is the swearing filter =) it should have read s.u.c.k.e.r (this is swearing in here) hehehe

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