The following message appears - Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt - system 32\hal.dll.
I managed to find intrustions for sorting it which requires going on to the XP Recovery Console. When I tried to go on to this I got the following error message:
INF file txt setup.sif is corrupt or missing, status 275.
Set up cannot continue.
So I tried to use the recovery. Fist by selecting the H: drive recovery partition. The format bar appeared on screen, but remained at 0%.
So I tried a recovery disk and the same thing happened.
The interesting thing was that there was the following message:
C: Part 2 [Unknown] 146475 MB <Free.
This would seem to imply that C: (the Hard drive) is either empty or corrupt.
No I never checked to make sure DVD was selected to start first in the Bios.
I can't even get into Safe Mode
I tried to format and re-install XP, but it wouldn't even allow me to format. Maybe this is because I never deleted the old partition. I'll have another go at formating but with deleting partition first. This is after I've done all the other suggestions.
I tried everything suggested but to know avail. I had another go at formating and got a message saying that HDD may be damaged or a loose connection.
Nothing wrong with connections, but there was a lot of dust inside the box. If dust got into HHD housing maybe this is the cause of malfunction. So I will now remove HHD give it a good clean and have another go at formating.
If that doesn't work I will recommend to my friend that she needs a new HDD. Where is the best place on-line to get one for a HP Parilion a 1000?
My last attempt to format got a message saying that disk was damaged or there was a bad connection. Checked connections which are OK. So the disk must be damaged. I expect that damage must have came from the large amount of dust in the PC's box. The fan must have stired it up onto the HDD connections and shorted out some of mini circuits.
So she will need a replacement HDD - where is the best place on line? I expect a stanard HDD would be cheaper assuming that all the necessary drivers can be downloaded.
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