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UCM



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My computer decided Confused to be annoying, and now, Windows will not boot. I am using Knoppix Linux from CD (an older version but still quite operational, lucky me.) Does anybody have any suggestions? (btw, I can't get a recordable CD, cause toram doesn't work, and I can't get tohd to work.)
Oh yes, and also, what happens when I try to boot Windows is:
"Cannot load because C:\WINDOWS\system32\hal.dll can not be found." or something to that effect, and it reboots.
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This really does call for...
Ultra CRUNCHY Man!
*crunch*
maybe not.


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Post 30 Mar 2005, 01:59
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coconut



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can you get into safe mode at least? hold down F8 before you get the graphical "loading windows" screen
Post 30 Mar 2005, 04:11
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if hal.dll is missing or corrupt, you have big problems - either a corrupt filesystem, or some virus/trojan/whatever that has deleted the file. Which filesystem do you run, FAT32 or NTFS? Which windows version?

You could try booting from your windows CD and run an emergency recovery console, and copy over hal.dll from the CD (iirc it has some other name on the CD depending on uni/multiprocessor version etc., google), or do a repair installation...
Post 30 Mar 2005, 14:19
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I am using NTFS so DOS will not work. Plus, I have a Toshiba laptop that has no floppy drive, and I'm pretty sure it's boot disk will just format your drive and that's all, but I'll try again.
I am using Windows XP SP2, and using knoppix I can see all of my files, and everything seems ok, and I opened a few.
I just noticed that, KNOPPIX can't write to the drive, nor my 60GB external hard drive. Mad

coconut:
This is my computers boot process without the KNOPPIX disk in...
1.Shows TOSHIBA screen
2.a bunch of BIOS messages
3.Windows tells me that hal.dll cannot be found.
Thus, I Windows won't get anywhere! Not even to the Windows boot screen.

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This really does call for...
Ultra CRUNCHY Man!
*crunch*
maybe not.
Post 30 Mar 2005, 22:15
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f0dder



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There isn't proper NTFS write support for linux - the closest you'll get is some stuff that wraps ntfs.sys from windows. Boot from you windows CD and select recovery console...
Post 30 Mar 2005, 22:32
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UCM



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Well, my 60GB drive is FAT32, and I can't write to that either.
Additionally, even with my recovery disk, I can't access my hard drive - only the emulated A: drive and the CD-ROM Q: drive. If I try to access B:, it says cannot read from drive.

P.S. Fast response, lol

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Ultra CRUNCHY Man!
*crunch*
maybe not.
Post 30 Mar 2005, 22:46
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I think you can write to NTFS with "Knoppix Linux" ,but you need to enable it.
I maybe wrong, so do a search,
Post 31 Mar 2005, 00:16
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you "recovery disk" - what kind of disk is this? You should use your windows CD if anything...
Post 31 Mar 2005, 06:57
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bubach



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So what do you want to do?
Try to rescue some files before a new Windows installment?
Try to get it to boot without having to reinstall?
Post 31 Mar 2005, 08:22
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UCM



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f0dder:
This is the CD (well, a DVD actually) that was attached to my Windows install booklet, and I don't think there are any other disks, apart from Microsoft Works and some board game software.
Apparently it just formats your disk and installs all of the original files.

bubach:
If possible, I would like to restore hal.dll so that I can have less hassle, but maybe it isn't possible.
If not, I definitely want to get some of my files on a separate disk before I reformat the hard drive.

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This really does call for...
Ultra CRUNCHY Man!
*crunch*
maybe not.
Post 31 Mar 2005, 21:34
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f0dder



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Ah, your computer didn't come with an Windows CD, but only a recovery DVD? Darn! :/

If you have an "i386" folder (windows installation files) somewhere, it *might* be possible for you to create a BartPE bootable disk (google for it - it's a pretty nice tool). If that doesn't work for you, send me a PM.
Post 01 Apr 2005, 07:12
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Hmm, seems like a very interesting tool... I'll test it.
Although I'll have to use my other computer, before it crashes too! Confused
And my other computer has WinXP as well, although it's a desktop and it's recovery CD doesn't have the proper stuff ('stuff' being the laptop drivers) on it. Plus it's not a good idea to use it on this computer.

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This really does call for...
Ultra CRUNCHY Man!
*crunch*
maybe not.
Post 01 Apr 2005, 16:29
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Vasilev Vjacheslav



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maybe you lost boot sector, try to load recovery console (from windows install cd), and then type in: fixmbr, then reboot, if doesn't help return to recovery console again and type: fixboot
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Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
Yay! my computer boots Windows again! (thanks to BartPE)
Thanks to f0dder for suggesting PE Builder, and everyone else for just being helpful.

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Ta da!! *crunch*
Post 02 Apr 2005, 17:34
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I'm very happy it worked for you!
It really sucks when you computer is down, especially if you risk losing your precious data.
Post 02 Apr 2005, 18:07
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