Some computer help! (Harddrive)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ravenvii, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    I don't know where to put this, since it's for a PC laptop, so I just put it here.

    Basically, I need help with this weird issue. Basically, when I install Windows XP (fresh install), and install everything, everything runs fine for a bit, then it crashes, and would not boot up (HAL.dll missing error). I would reinstall, and it would reoccur. It's obviously a harddrive error (I ruled out the RAM after it passed the memtest86+ test overnight with flying colors).

    That's about 3 months ago. Last week, I decided to put Linux on it for kicks and giggles.

    But it ran flawlessly. Left it on for several days, installed a bunch of software on it, ran fsck, etc etc. The harddrive acted like a champ.

    Recently, I decided to give XP another try. Installed it. Let it run for a couple days, no problems. Ran disk check, it returned perfect results. Ran HD Tune's error testing, 0 damaged sectors. Disk health is 100%. No crashes yet.

    So... what's going on here??? Any ideas?
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Put Linux back on it :)
  3. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    The hal.dll error is fairly common with other than totally default installs, and generally has to do with the boot.ini file. If you're not doing a default install as far ad drive/volume, it's generally required to modify the file to point everything in the right direction.

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