Cannot get system to start from CD

March 31, 2012 at 03:04:16
Specs: Windows XP Home
I have got a hal.dll is missing or corrupt error on starting up XP. I have put the recovery disc (XP originally loaded on Evesham PC) in the CD Drive, pressed F8 on start up to get the boot option (Hard disc has a '+' against it), moved to get CDROM highlighted and pressed enter but the CD drive doesn't seem to do anything and I get the same hal.dll error come up. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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March 31, 2012 at 03:10:57
That implies that either the disk or the drive are faulty. Change the boot order in the BIOS first, just to be sure that the system is at least trying to boot from the CD. If you have access to another computer then try booting that one from the disk, if it doesn't either then it's a faulty disk. If it does then the chances are that it's the drive so you need to check the connections and/or swap it out.

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April 2, 2012 at 11:57:27
Thanks. Managed to get into the BIOS and boot order is (1) CDROM and (2) HDD. I have tried loading from a laptop (having changed boot order on this too) - although this is running Windows 7. Not sure whether I have a result as it started Windows 7 (does it just ignore the XP Recovery disc because it is not the same?).
I also have got hold of an original upgrade disc from XP home to XP Pro and tried this - but with same effect on both desktop (hal.dll error) and the laptop.
Therefore, not sure whether I've identified whether it is disc or drive yet.
Is it a case of getting hold of an external CD drive (not that I know of one yet) and trying to boot from this, or is there a simpler way to identify the problem?
Sorry, but I'm not over-techy, so any help is greatfully received.

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