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Laptop wont boot from CD-ROM (XP) Or HD

By Volvicz
Jun 29, 2008
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  1. The problem first started when I restarted my computer, and i got the "The following files is either missing or curropt: <Windows Root>\System32\hal.dll Please re-install the following files."

    So before I tried a scratched up XP disk, wouldn't read, obviously. So then I tried an Ubuntu Live CD to try to be able to replace hal.dll from there. However, the installation was messed up, and wouldn't let me install it, and I think may have messsed something up.

    Now, when I got a working XP disk (I burnt a copy of my friends...it was on an CD-RW disk, is that a problem?) I put it in, and try to boot from CD. Now, it does exactly what it does when I boot from HD, but if I boot from Ubuntu Live, it does not. I read that burnt CDs have a low chance of working, so should I try to use an original copy?

    I believe theres a quick message right before about "Invalid boot.ini loading from c:\windows" I cannot read the rest. Any solutions?
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,062   +84 Staff Member

    Sounds like running a repair installation of Windows would solve everything.

    Did you make a .iso image of his CD and burn it as an image file? Why not just borrow the original copy anyway, it'll probably take less time to run the repair installation then make a .iso and burn etc.
  3. Volvicz

    Volvicz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I just copied the files from the disc to the HD, then burnt it onto a CD-RW...could that be why I can't boot from CD? Once I get INTO the XP recovery, it would be fine, but I can't get into it >.<
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,062   +84 Staff Member

    Yes, that would be why.
  5. Volvicz

    Volvicz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ah, Thank You.

    So should would get the original be the answer? or would making an ISO suffice?
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,062   +84 Staff Member

    Either will do just fine, however, why make more work for yourself?
  7. Volvicz

    Volvicz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I guess because a 20 minute drive to get it seems a bit much ;)
  8. Volvicz

    Volvicz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    tysm, I'm back on my laptop, everything back to normal using the ISO way =D

    Funny thing though, the XP was in polish, so i had to translate everything i did in the repair utility :p
  9. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,062   +84 Staff Member

    ;) You're welcome. Lol, that sounds troublesome, but it was worth it I guess eh?
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