Il fallait trouver un autre solution.
Il a fallu trouver un autre solution.
This question has been bugging me for a while.
Should I use "il fallait" to mean...
There was a situation in the past when I needed to find another solution, and whether I actually ended up finding it or not is unclear.
Should I use "il a fallu" to mean...
The focus is on the present. Recently, I needed to find anothe solution, and I really did find it now.