Re: "hal.dll." missing/ ID?

Re: "hal.dll." missing/ ID?

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Posted by Catch on March 02, 2002 at 02:12:31:

In Reply to: Re: "hal.dll." missing/ ID? posted by Michael K. on February 27, 2002 at 21:36:25:

: : : : Hi there, Is this a Windows file "hal.dll."? My Norton Win. Doc saya it's missing and this all came to light when I installed software for my sony dsc-75 camera and then ran a system check....Norton says sony sys. can't accsess this missing file?
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Posts: 69
From: Wigan, UK.
Posted: 2001-11-07 05:49


: : : Hello! exactly the same thing happened to me a year ago (my camera was a Sony DSC70, predecessor of yours) under exactly the same circumstances. My OS is Win 98 SE.
: : : Ever since then the same error message has come up every time I've run System Check. Apart from an occasional freeze on shut-down, there seems to be no fault with the PC operation at all.
: : : I rang Sony and they told me it didn't matter! It annoys me, though, and I hope somebody here can kindly explain to us why it happens! I have searched for Hal.dll on my Wondows Installation disk without success.
: : : Best of luck to both of us, Meg.

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: Same thing is happening to me. I also own a sony digital cam. Norton picks this error up everytime I run it also. What's up with this.

: IS there a FIX for this Problem?

Posts: 69
From: Wigan, UK.
Posted: 2001-11-07 05:49
Free Advice Says :
This is an old problem, caused by applications that re-name the file to make use of it themselves. The HAL. or Hardware Abstraction Layer, is a system file that allows software to access hardware resources within the Windows ( normally NT ) environment. It also controls things like Auto shutdown.
Most commercial software products allow you to install an evaluation version. Most likely, an evaluation copy of something that you have now disabled or un-installed has utilised this file and not replaced it. They tend to replace hal.dll with a different, modified version of hal.dll. The original Hal.dll on the system is renamed to HalOld.dll. When the program is uninstalled, the original hal.dll is not replaced. Windows then can be confused into thinking it is "corrupt or missing" !
1 Locate the files Hal.dll and HalOld.dll.
2 Delete the file Hal.dll ( if there at all ).
3 Rename the file HalOld.dll to Hal.dll
4 Reboot your PC.
An alternative to renaming hal.dll would be to add option "/hal=filename.ext" (sans quotes) into your "boot.ini" file. This is not recommended, but it should work as a way round to allow you to upgrade. It would not be advisable to leave the situation unchanged after upgrade.
But an alternate method I used and IT WORKED was:
restart windows 98se in DOS mode....
restore system to the earliest version of the directory I could find on the list..
after that I run norton again and the problem was more missing hal.dll

good luck..

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