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Hi my machine? wont reformat

Well heres the deal my machine shutdown on me and kept on restarting and restarting and never reaching windows loading window so i decided to reformat, big mistake right there for me after that the computer went ballistic , at 68% of reformating it came to a halt and asked me to restart the computer becuase there was an error with the drive? so i tried again and it kept doing the same. i gave up after 5 hrs and stashed my laptop for 6 days.. then i missed my laptop and tried again and amazingly it WORKED? i installed everything again ... but i left to get my hair cut and i came back to a black screen with "operating system not found" so i reinstalled it but.. again it stopped from reformating....... so i gave up on it then 5 hrs later i decided to turn on my computer without doing anything just for the heck of it... and no lie...... it booted to the window screen so this time i decided not to install anything. and just keep it like that till i figure out whats wrong. and i had a crazy idea to defrag the drive. so i started the process and bam blue screen of death ever since i cant even load the reformating screen thing from the disc. it says there is no drive? but when i boot the machine it says. windows can not start because there is a missing or corrupt file. /hal.dll/ please install the above file, press any key to restart????? so my recovery discs dont pick up the drive? but the drives there? any help? sorry if i dont make sense -_- i rushed this

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  • syer1503 Aug 30, 2007

    i think its a bad harddrive D: because my computer is cool as ice :O seriously before it overheated and it kept shutting down but i cleaned it.....

    and it was cool as ice again.

    both of you are great

    everything load perfectly from BIOS duo core, DDvd D

    so would you guys recommend me to fix my laptop or go with another brand?

  • syer1503 Aug 30, 2007

    how do u run a chkdsk?

    the discs wont even load but the dvd drive works fine it loads the image but it doest detect my drive :/ and the drives rigth there it flashs =o and everything the blinking light and it loads.


    windows can not start because there is a missing or corrupt file

    /hal.dll is missing

    please reinstall the above file and restart windows?

  • pete1228 Jan 07, 2008

    when you turn the power on windows starts to load and then goes to the bios screen by itself but won't let you do anything..........its a toshiba satellite a55-s106 lap top I tried the set up disc that came with the computer but it wont let me do a system restore.

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I would agree with everybody here but just want to make sure your doing the right thing in replacing the HDD. When you boot the xp instalation disc run it in repair mode and run a chkdsk on it. this should tell you if you have any bad sectors or not. If not, dont just re-format, make sure you remove the partition and write a new one or do a low-level format to be certain your drive is clean. All of the dust removal and cleaning you can comfortably do is very good for the laptop also. if its still overheating and causing drive issues replace it or buy a fan stand for it to keep cool on. Good Luck

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I concure with my associate, the symptoms indicate a bad hard drive or overheating. Certainly try to clear the heat sink before replacing the hard drive. Good luck

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Your problem is being cause by one of two situations: 1. you have a faulty hard-drive 2. Your system is over heating. Because it seems to work after a period of not being in use it sounds like overheating. There is a common fault on Toshinba laptops with overheating. If you google for "overheating toshiba" you will find loads of links to "How to clean your laptop" and you will also see many people with the same problem as you. Get back to me if you need more help

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  • Anonymous Aug 30, 2007

    I think if you are certain its the hard-drive, repairing it is a good and relatively cheap option. A new Hard-DRive wont cost much.

    then when it is fixed, if you have lost confidence in it, you can always sell it and put the money towards a new laptop.

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