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    Can't Boot to Recovery Console after hal.dll error

    Ran all the onboard diagnostics first without problems, and now:
    When I boot I get:
    "Loading PBR for description 2... done." then
    "Invalid Boot.ini file
    Booting from C:\windows\" then the message:
    "Windows could not start, blah, blah, blah (about the hal.dll missing.)"

    Tried booting with CD but it fails and goes to HDD and again the error.
    I tried removing HDD from boot menu to force CD boot, then I get F2 setup message.

    I can boot with a floppy boot disk and get an A: prompt.
    Then Change Directory to C: and I get:
    CDR101: Not ready reading drive C
    Abort, Retry, Fail?

    Then I tried Change Directory to the D: drive with XP disk and try to run setup, but not in DOS.

    So I know the D: drive works, but I can't get to the recovery console or a C: prompt that works in order to fix the boot.ini and hal.dll file.

    I cant figure out why it wont boot to the CD.
    Any thoughts or suggestions...
    Thanks in advance. SK

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    You need to go into your bios set up.In order to change the boot up sequence.In other words you want your cd drive to boot first!Then read this article here;http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixthe...torehaldll.htm This should help you restore your hal.dll.
    If your machine is a HP or a Gateway etc....press F2 or F10.One of those should get you into your bios.
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    Chowur, thank you for the information. I have tried changing the boot order. Problem is, I still cant get to the Recovery console. I know the physical CD-Drive is functioning, but when it boots, I still get the missing hal.dll message. Would any settings on the HDD like Slave or Master cause something like this?

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    Would any settings on the HDD like Slave or Master cause something like this?
    Not unless you've changed something recently [??]

    If you have made physical/hardware level changes to master/slave arrangement, change them back.
    You might also try a keyboard combination upon bootup that specifically brings up a boot menu.
    Another option would be to use a floppy or usb bootable dos type disk to boot from and make the necessary repairs.


    Once you get the failure to boot to CD/DVD drive fixed, try this.


    The repair commands are not specifically limited to the recovery console of the XP disk. But failure to boot from the CD/DVD drive would indicate either failure to have it show up in the bios's boot menu, or a hardware issue. So check your cables (both power & data) to the drive as well.

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    Clint-
    Thanks for the very informative article. There is a lot of good stuff there.

    I dont think anything was changed on the drives (its not my box).
    However, I still cant get to the Recovery Console or to a C: prompt in XP.
    I can get to a DOS prompt but then I cant run XP, I cant even see the C Drive.
    I have been able to see it in diag program, but cant do anything.
    I think I need a NTFS boot disk and not the DOS version, is that possible?
    Do you have a recommendation for a program, like Active Boot Disk, or something simular that might allow me to see the C:/> in XP so I can reinstall recovery console or even rebuild the boot.ini or hal.dll.
    I really appreciate this groups input. Thanks again.
    -SK

    "I might not know the answer, but I know where to find it."

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