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dell xps 200 won't boot

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by vbstein, Apr 3, 2015.

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  1. vbstein

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    When booting, I get an error message: missing file: system32\hal.dll.
    Also, when I try to boot from dvd, I get a message that there is a failure. The dvd drive is recognized in the bios and I tried an extertnal drive also without success.
    i recently upgraded from xp to vista but all was working fine. I also replaced memory but Dell diagnostic testing showed all tests passed. Please help. Thanks.
     
  2. CleaverX

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    What DVD are you using and what is the exact error?
     
  3. plodr

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    Repair HAL (hardware extraction layer) on a Dell computer
    http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/SLN132839/EN

    The major problem I see is that your computer shipped with XP and so the directions to repair the MBR for Vista do not apply because the computer did not ship with Vista.

    What sort of DVD are you trying to boot? Windows Vista comes on a CD not a DVD. Windows 7 comes on a DVD.
     
  4. vbstein

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    Thank you for your help, it worked.
     
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