I have a Panasonic CF-Y2 notebook that has started having problems. It would not boot, even into safe mode, giving the "missing or corrupt hal.dll message"
Running CHKDSK that is on the Bart PE CD, it found and repaired various "bad clusters"
The Windows repair console would not work, so a did a repair windows installation off of the XP CD.
It let me choose to repair which I did, I had to put in the windows key again. After the installation was complete, the PC would would once again boot into Windows XP Pro, and all the programs and files were still there.
However, this am the PC again would not boot, this time claiming an IRQ problem, but the screen flashed too fast to get the details. It would only boot into safe mode after repeated attempts
Later in the day it would boot normally to XP Pro.
My question is, in light of the repair windows installation, is this likely a symptom of the Hard Drive starting to fail? Or should I be looking for other problems.
Thank you for any help