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Created by voodoo on February 25, 2011 14:00:41    Last update: February 25, 2011 14:03:46
Suddenly my Windows XP failed to boot with this error message on a blank screen: missing or corrupt <windows root>\system32\hal.dll I took out the hard drive, put it in a USB enclosure and attached it to another PC. Then I ran CHKDSK and it fixed some file system errors. But I did find that hal.dll was intact, so hal.dll was not missing or corrupt . It turned out that the file that was really missing was C:\boot.ini . It is a hidden file, so you have to use attrib boot.ini to see it. The file is missing if attrib boot.ini returns nothing (run in the root folder C:\). In my case I reconstructed the boot.ini file: [boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)dis... and changed the attributes back...
Created by nogeek on August 02, 2010 15:24:58    Last update: August 02, 2010 15:24:58
Troubleshooting wifi connectivity is always a headache. I just spent 4 days fixing (actually, finding a workaround for) this problem. Everything worked fine when my PC is connected to a monitor. Then I switched display to my LCD TV with HDMI integrated sound and video. Then my wifi stopped working. The signal strength is perfect and I verified my password a million times (I'm using WPA-PSK). When I tried to connect, it simply fails. No error message, not even an error code! I suspected the HDMI integrated sound driver so I switched sound to the native Realtek driver, still no hope. Then I upgraded the wifi driver to the latest, it didn't help. Uninstalled and reinstalled the driver and rebooted, no difference. What was the...
Created by woolf on June 16, 2010 16:55:37    Last update: June 21, 2010 02:46:05
Windows XP has built-in capability for burning folders/files onto a CD ROM. Use the Recording tab in the CD-ROM drive properties dialog to configure the options: However, it doesn't have the capability to burn ISO images. On the MS site it was suggested that ISO Recorder would do the job. I tried it on two different machines and both failed with " generic error ". I'm running Windows XP professional SP2 on both. Update: Actually the above error for ISO Recorder was caused by a monitoring program the company installed to block CD-ROM write access. Although unsuccessful, ISO Recorder actually went further than other programs. cdburn.exe from the Windows 2003 Resource Kit died at 0% without emitting any error message.