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Old 01-08-2011, 02:17 PM   #1
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dual boot missing hal.dll file, winxp works but not ubuntu


I have tried searching for the same problem but can’t find it. Close but not exact.

I have a dell optiplex I use for internet surfing. I do a reformat every few months to get the junk off it. I do a reformat to clean the drive and load XP PRO then load ubuntu 7. or 8. It gives me the option to use either at start up.

I did it a few weeks ago and it has been running fine until I did updates of both XP and ubuntu. When I it fired it up Win XP worked fine but when I choose ubuntu I would get the “corrupted or missing hal.dll” error and it wouldn’t go any further. Several reboots with the same results…XP works but not ubuntu.

I did a reinstall of the hal.dll file using XP disk for repair according to britec on youtube (but I didn’t do the second step yet).

Now I still get the “corrupted or missing hal.dll” error when I try to get into ubuntu and if I choose XP it freezes. I try going into safe mode and it loads but (wireless) mouse/keyboard won’t work.

Any ideas?

Also, if I can get XP going again is there any way to access files in ubuntu from windows?

Jim
 
Old 01-08-2011, 03:03 PM   #2
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Ubuntu version is 10.10 maybe you might want to go with up-to-date software, or check to see if still supported.
 
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Also, if I can get XP going again is there any way to access files in ubuntu from windows?
download Explore2fs
 
Old 01-09-2011, 12:25 AM   #4
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I tried an upgrade to 10 for a while but it didn't do vids very well and kept crashing. a guy that knows linux (I know very little) said 8 was better.

I tried doing a win xp repair and that got xp going again but still got the missing hal.dll for ubuntu. so now i am doing a full reformat of xp. this time i will do the updates first, then load ubuntu, then do the ubuntu updates right away before using.

and i will check out that Explore2fs for moving files from ubuntu to xp. thanks.

which version of linux do you like for surfing the net (securely) and doing media?

jvm
 
Old 01-09-2011, 12:28 AM   #5
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With Explore2fs you can view linux file system.

---------- Post added 01-08-11 at 09:28 PM ----------

Also 10.10 desktop version allows you to mount ubuntu with gui.

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Old 01-09-2011, 12:45 AM   #6
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and this is going to sound really bush league but what is gui and what is it good for? and can i do all this by installing 7 or 8 (which is what i have burned on a cd) and do the upgrade? or is it better to try and get a fresh version?

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Old 01-09-2011, 12:51 AM   #7
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Hi hope I'm not too late, but...
... please DON'T de-install Windows and reformat the whole thing!!!

"Bad or missing hal.dll" is a WINDOWS message! There's no such THING as "hal.dll" in Ubuntu!!!!

Your Windows, you say, is OK. If so, cool!

Your Ubuntu is probably OK, too. All you probably have to do is re-install the boot loader. Relatively trivial to do. For example:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...tallingWindows

'Hope that helps!
 
Old 01-09-2011, 12:58 AM   #8
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GUI is desktop environment some people feel more comfortable with GUI rather CLI.
I use it because I can search multiple files and folders faster.
Then I can open terminal to make corrections.
 
Old 01-09-2011, 01:09 AM   #9
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already done, but that's okay. i didn't have anything critical on it. i use that machine for surfing any and all sites and that is it. i put ubuntu on it because people said it is more secure from viruses and garbage. and because it is used as a "toy" i don't care if it gets hit. i save stuff i want on a removable drive and can do a reformat in an hour.

but is there any antivirus/malware/spyware programs for linux? and do they need it?

jvm
 
Old 01-09-2011, 02:56 AM   #10
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they don't need it. ok , there are few viruses for linux but you are likely not to geet them , and if you do , you do a reformat.

but if you didn't care if it got formatted , why did you post the question .. couldn't you just reformat the first time .. and i recommend you try ubuntu 10.04 (it's supported for 3 years , i think support for 8.04 already stopped , not to say for the 7 versions )
 
Old 01-09-2011, 06:11 AM   #11
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i tried downloading a few other programs to see if i could recover a few files from ubuntu through xp while i waited to see if someone had an answer but couldn't get them to work. i just started doing the reformat when i saw your reply...by that time i had already pulled the trigger.

but thanks for your help...i haven't used linux stuff any more than as a web computer so haven't learned all the in's and out's. i'm not a comp tech and been used to windows since 1990 so lots of learning to do.

jvm
 
  


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