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MBR error My Compaq laptop is giving an MBR error. I tried using Bootmaster software burned on a bootable CD and the laptop won't boot to the CD drive - keeps throwing the MBR error. I did not test the CD on my desktop to see if it is indeed bootable. Is this safe to try? Where do I turn next?

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MBR = Master Boot Record
It could be that you have a bad hard drive.
Yes, test the CD in another computer (just abort the install after you establish it is ok).
It could also be that your BIOS may be having a problem (the can boot from CD).

How old is the laptop?

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NTLDR is the file that loads the OS. (It expands to NT Loader - all versions of Windows from WIN NT (Win2K) through XP used this file.) The message could indicate the ntdetect.com is damaged.

First make sure that you do not have a non-boot disc in the floppy or CD drive. Similarly, if your computer can boot from a USB device, unplug flash drives or other USB drives. Make sure that your boot device order is accurate (your C: drive should be first) in the BIOS. (Accessing the BIOS depends on your computer, often you need to repeatedly press F1, Esc, Del, or F10 after turning on the computer. There should be a screen that shows you the correct key.) While you are in the BIOS, make sure that your hard drive is recognized by the machine. If your hard drive isn't recognized, try replacing the data cable with a new cable and switching power connection cable with another from the power supply.

If the hard drive is present, the first solution is to get a bootable CD and copy the files back to your C: drive. You can use a Windows XP install or upgrade disk. For this type of source. Boot to the CD (press any key) and then enter the Repair option (R). Choose your Windows installation and enter your administrator password. Then copy i386ntldr and i386ntdetect.com from the CD (D: or E: drive) to the C: drive. (for example: type "copy d:i386ntldr c:" without the quotes )

The boot information (MBR) could be damaged. In that case, the you'll need the Windows CD to run fixboot and fixmbr from the Recovery Console.

If the above doesn't work, you should try a new hard drive and copy the files to it. Make sure that you format the drive to create a bootable disc. (Use a bootable diskette, if needed.)

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Hi guys, I need help. i have compaq v2410ca.i have updated the bios with my wrong version and after it stopped recognizing the hard drive.i went imtothe bios setting and there is no option to boot from...


You will have to downgrade your BIOS.

Since it cannot boot via a USB stick, you can try making a bootable CD instead. Follow this link to create a bootable DOS CD. Don't forget to include the BIOS files before burning the CD.

http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/#cdromsi

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While recovering my laptop 2910tx from recovery cd i got an error 0x4001100200001005. what should i do? install another version os, or other way?/


Since you didn't give much info I'll do my best. Did the error tell you that it couldn't find an operating system? Driver?
Reboot and enter "set up" change the boot order in the BIOS so that your cd/dvd is the first boot device. If you computer isn't destroyed you should get the recovery console then. Try getting into safe mode if possible and doing a system restore, or last known good configuration if you can't restore. If you can boot try those first if not then use the console and try to fix mbr.
MBR stands for Master Boot Record and it's the first sector of your hard drive that basically tells the BIOS where to look for the operating system on your computer.
If, for any reason, the MBR becomes damaged or corrupt, then the operating system will be unable to load. You will normally see error messages like:
Error loading operating system
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Invalid partition table
These messages are definitely not fun, especially if you are not familiar with computers. Most people would automatically assume their computers are dead! However, that's not true. Being in IT myself, these errors are actually preferably to other types of Windows errors. Why?
Well, it's actually fairly easy to fix the Master Boot Record in XP and Vista. All you have to do is load up the Recovery Console and run a simple command. All of your data, applications, settings, etc are still intact on the drive and once the MBR is fixed, the computer will load normally.
So how can you repair your damaged MBR? Here are the steps to follow:

1. First, restart your computer with the Windows XP setup disk in the CD drive.
2. When prompted, boot from the CD drive by pressing any key. If Windows loads automatically, you will first have to enter the BIOS setup and change the order of the boot devices to start with the CD drive.
3. Once the setup loads, you will see the option to press R to repair a Windows installation.
4. Once the Recovery Console loads up, you will have to type in a number that corresponds to your Windows installation. This is normally just 1. Press Enter and then type in the Administrator password.
5. Now at the prompt, type in fixmbr. Your damaged MBR will now be replaced with a new master boot record and your computer should now be able to boot properly. Note that you may also want to run the fixboot command to repair the boot sector with a new one.
Also, make sure you only use these commands on a system with one operating system installed. If you have more than one operating system installed, fixmbr and fixboot could mess up everything.
Fix MBR in Vista
In Vista (I'm assuming you have Vista) the procedure to fix the master boot record is a bit different. You have to start up Vista in the Recovery Environment and then run the bootrec command. Here's how.

1. First, load up the Windows Vista disc in your drive and press any key to boot from the disc.
2. Choose the language, time, currency, etc and click Next. Now click on Repair Your Computer.
3. Choose the operating system to repair and click Next. When the System Recovery Options dialog comes up, choose the Command Prompt.
4. Now type bootrec.exe and press Enter. This will rebuild the boot configuration data and hopefully fix your problem. You can also run the command with switches to fix just the master boot record (/fixmbr), the boot sector (/fixboot), or rebuild the entire BCD (/rebuildbcd).

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Hello


The Bios should not be your problem and the MBR doesn't have anything to do if you didn't play with Windows installations or with any utility to create an image of your hard drive.

 

To understand where the problem is coming from:

- Ask someone to go to http://www.knoppix.org/ and download a Knoppix CD

- Create a bootable CD from the ISO downloaded

- Enter in your Laptop BIOS settings and change the first bootable device as the CD/DVD

- Insert the Knoppix CD and boot your Laptop

- Knoppix will start and ask boot:

- Just hit Enter

- When Knoppix has finished and it's running you will have a nice graphic interface

- click on the HD icon on the desktop and see if you can see your files, if not you have a bad Hard disk

- Knoppix has also a utility to test the memory too.

 

If you tryied to install another copy of Windows or you made an image using some software like Ghost, you have to:

- boot from a floppy disk (Download and create from here http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm, I suggest Windows 98 SE)

- At the prompt type FDISK /MBR and press Enter

ATTENTION: If you type something different you may distroy all your files on your hard drive 

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