Please help, I've tried everything I can think of and I'm gettting nowhere.
A magnet was placed on a laptop, the laptop presented the blue screen of death, or so I am told by the owner of teh laptop. On restarting I get a message "Corrupt.Missing hal.dll file".
The Laptop is running XP home edition. I have a Windows ME Boot disk with fdisk on, so used the command prompt option. I attempted to look for the missing file in the hard drive c:\ but it displays an error stating that c:\ is not a valid drive.
I tried fdisk but the only drive it recognises is the a:\ drive ( floppy).
So, I try restarting and checking the BIOS. The hard drive is still being recognised in BIOS.
I downloaded the Windows Xp home edition floppy Boot disk. Inserted the first disk and booted from floppy. Windows setup ran and asked for the 2nd disk. I inserted the 2nd disk as directed and shortly after it displayed "operating system error number 7".
I repeated the process only to be faced with the same problem
Any suggestions on what I can try next?