hal.dll

  Rent 16:47 01 Sep 2009
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Got the dreaded message at start up "File mising or corrupt Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. I'm not able to boot the system up at all. When I boot from a Win XP start up disc I get to A:\ but cannot get the pc to recognise a c: drive - it says the drive name is invalid. I have a Mesh PC which came with one sata hard drive and later added a second sata drive which the system recognised as F:. I believe the Raid configuration was 1+0 and when I added the second drive I didn't change any configuration settings, just let windows discover the new drive. This has worked fine for about 4 years. Don't understand Raid configuration so not sure whether I now need to change any settings to allow me to see my drives.
I'm trying to find out the reason for the current failure, eg is it due to a faoled drive, failed motherboard, virus, etc. Hope someone can help.

  jimv7 16:49 01 Sep 2009

Disconnect the 2nd drive and try again.

  Rent 17:00 01 Sep 2009

I've tried that jimv7 without success.

  crosstrainer 17:02 01 Sep 2009

Did Mesh supply a copy of your operating system?

  Rent 17:12 01 Sep 2009

Yes, I got a recovery disc which has windows on it. I've tried to boot from it without success.

  woodchip 20:25 01 Sep 2009

you could try this boot cd with tools on it that may help. looks like the pratition is corrupt if it cannot find c;\ click here

  woodchip 20:26 01 Sep 2009

partition not pratition

  brundle 20:28 01 Sep 2009

There are no SATA drivers on the XP boot disk to enable it to see the HD's - you need to get the SATA drivers from the manufacturer and put them on a floppy, stick the floppy in when you see the "Press F6 to install a third-party driver" message when booting from the XP CD.

  Rent 20:57 01 Sep 2009

Thanks Woodchip and Brundle, I'll try both options.

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