I'm a noobie on the insanelymac forum but I have been around Macs and lately WIN boxes for a while. I have yet to fully test this solution but am at least at first base.
I came across the dreaded " hal.dll" missing or corrupt message while trying to set up an ACER Aspire One 532h for dual WIN XP SP 3 + OS 10.6.3
(NOTE : The 532h BIOS is set to IDE which allows WIN XP to see the HD)
After a couple of very frustrating days of trying to get around "hal.dll" I tried a bit of lateral thinking.
So far I have been able to get Win XP SP 3 (Japanese) installed and stable on one of 2 partitions
in a 160 gb SATA HD.
Here is what I did.
1. I partitioned the drive on my Mac Pro (10.6.6) into 90 gb for OSX and the rest for WIN XP/
2. I set the HD to GUID with the WIN XP partiton as the lower (2nd. partition)
3. I set the OSX partition as "empty space" . . . .
My thinking was that as empty space WIN XP might ignore it during the installation and sure enough . . after the XP disk had found the drive only the "C:" drive (the one I set up for XP) was showing.
The install went smoothly, I formatted the XP partition in NTFS (slow format).
I have run out of time today but he next step will be to take the 532h SATA drive out and format the OSX partition for Mac Extended Journaled . . pop it back in the ACER and see if the dreaded "hal.dll" makes a re-appearance. If hal.dll doesn't show at bootup up then there should be no reason why the OSX install cannot go ahead.
I will post my results in the next few days. My fingers are crossed.
Cheers from Japan.
I couldn't resist it . . I formatted the formerly "empty space" partition and popped the drive back in the ACER . . . . no luck. Looks like I'll have to edit the XP boot file
Oh well, I'll keep at it.
I managed ( with a standard GUID + 2 partitions format) to install Win XP SP 3 (Japanese) with everything working (after Acer propriety install) and did not get the "hal.dll" error.
My OSX partition is there ready for OSX 10.6.3
So far so good.
Little by little.
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