hard drive problem

  murphyman 01:58 18 Jan 2007
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hi all,
i bought a laptop in a second hand store for €100
it has a recovery disc, when i got it cleaned up
i went to boot it up and this is the message i got on screen

"windows could not start because the following
file is missing,or corrupt
windows root>\system32\hal,dll
please reinstall a copy of the file"

so i put in the recovery disc, it began to run and then i got a dialogue box that said

"partitions are not matched
cannot find preload tag for setboot ini"

now, i have no idea what is going on, so i would very much appreciate any help you could give,
i only bought it for it's memory and dvd writer. ger

  ed-0 08:28 18 Jan 2007

Someone has wiped the partitions on the hard drive and formatted it.

This is the worst thing you can do with a laptop with a recovery partition.

If it has a microsoft license sticker attached, you could try a borrowed copy of windows to install the operating system. Just use the license code on the laptop and not the one of the borrowed disk.

  murphyman 15:20 18 Jan 2007

thank you ed-0,i took your advise and installed a system, from a disc i borrowed it booted up, and got as far as the windows screen, the it would go no further, so i quess who ever had the computer last, really done a job on the hard disc. once again thank you for taking the time to answer, much appreciated.ger

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