Reinstalling XP on a netbook, hal.dll error

Jgwman

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Hey, I'm fixing an ASUS Eee PC 900SD netbook for someone, and XP needs to be reinstalled. Already wiped the drive, and the recovery partition was gone when I got it. When running a (legit) XP Iso off of my USB flash drive, I get a message saying "hat.dll is missing or corrupt". Not sure what is wrong, I would appreciate any help!

p.s. I read somewhere that it might be because I need the SATA controller driver; however, that usually had a different error (can't find drive error) which I am not having. If that might be the problem, I might need help finding that driver for this chipset. Thanks!
 

Vizko Raz

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Hi!
You need to replace the file in hat.dll, in *. iso, or create a new usb installer windows xp.
for your laptop does not need a special driver SATA.

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Jgwman

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Sounds reasonable. Where in the installation files does it belong? Also, a reputable download source for the hal.dll would be helpful, as I have tried TWO XP ISO's from different CD's and they both have the same error! The ISO also works fine on this laptop I am typing on.
 

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I also just noticed that before the hal.dll error it quickly flashes "invalid boot.ini. booting from c:/windows". So for some reason it's never booting from the USB? No boot.ini in the USB, but I heard it is formed during installation. Thanks.
 

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EDIT: The ISO does NOT work fine on this laptop. It works when I run setup.exe (on the XP USB) from inside my working Windows 7, but has the same error on booting fromUSB! Any ideas, anyone?
 

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Thanks! Turns out the iso writing (to usb) program I was using was the problem. I used WinToFlash instead and it worked fine! Sorry for taking your time!
 

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Будь-ласка!
Радий був допомогти ! '))
glad to help

UA
 
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