Re: Computer missing/corrupt hal.dll file
Actually, I'm tier 3 tech support as my day job, and I saw a user with this problem just last week. There's a pretty good chance that this can be repaired if you have your Windows install disk. Put the CD in the drive and reboot your computer. When given the opportunity during bootup, change your boot drive to the CD and run the Windows Repair utility when it asks you if you'd like to do that. It SHOULD find that file is missing and replace it. The process might take some time, but it works most of the time with no lasting effects. If it DOESN'T work, then yeah...the only thing you can do is reinstall the OS. You'll want to reformat it first, though, if you can attach it as an external device to another computer...always better to reformat and realign those sectors, so to speak.
Like microdmitry said, this particular problem is also sometimes symptomatic of a hard drive that's on it's last legs...I've certainly seen it happen. If that's the case, then Windows Repair and/or reinstalling the OS will be a temporary fix.
Just my two cents.
Last edited by chaos731; 06-02-2008 at 11:56 AM.
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