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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.)
This section explains how to
reformat a drive from the Windows XP installation CD. This can be used
when installing a fresh copy of Windows onto a computer. Here it is
especially important to backup all of your important information because
upon formatting you will lose EVERYTHING that used to be on the drive.
This includes all applications and device drivers, so you must back up
everything you can.
Insert your Windows XP installation disc into your CD drive (Home or Pro--it does not matter).
Now as you computer boots a little more it will say "Press any key to boot from CD.." press a key to do so.
The CD will load up a blue
screen and then spend a while loading files it needs. When it is
finished it will list a few options, mainly "Press ENTER to set up
Windows XP." Press Enter or Return.
Now you will be at a screen to
select where to install Windows to. This is where you can delete old
partitions and format drives. The box in the bottom half of the screen
shows all your drives and the partitions that exist on them. Use the Up
and Down arrow keys to highlight your "C:" partition and press the 'D'
key (if all that shows up is "Unpartitioned space" and you have no C: or
D: partitions, skip this step). On the next screen press the 'L' key to
finalize deleting the partition.
Now you are back on the screen
to choose where to install Windows. The box on the lower half of the
screen should no longer show a partition but simply have an entry
"Unpartitioned space xxxxxMB." Select this with the arrow keys and press
the 'C' key to create a partition on the drive. The next screen tells
you the minimum and maximum sizes the partition can be and lets you pick
the size. The default size is the maximum, but double check that the
number entered is the maximum and hit enter.
Now you will again be back at
the choose where to install Windows screen. But this time you will have a
partition that looks something like this "C: Partition1 [New
(Raw)]xxxxxxMB." Highlight this entry and press enter.
The next screen lets you choose
which file system to format the drive with. Choose NTFS as it is faster
and more secure. If the drive is brand new and has never been used
before then use one of the options that ends in "(Quick)." Or, choose
one of the lower down options. Use the arrow keys to select the proper
one and press Enter or Return.
From here you are all set and
the installation of Windows will proceed starting with a format of your
drive. This will take a while (over half an hour) so you can take a
How to Format a Floppy Disk InstructionsThings You'll Need
Floppy Disk Drive
Insert a floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
Double-click the My Computer icon.
Right-click the icon for the floppy disk drive, usually labeled 3 1/2 Floppy (A:).
Choose Format from the menu that appears.
Format a CD or DVD
Before you can copy files to a CD or DVD, the disc must first be prepared using a process called formatting.
There are several ways to format a CD or DVD disc. Your choice of
format determines which computers and other devices will be able to read
Insert a disc into your computer's CD or DVD drive.
In the dialog box that appears, click Burn files to disc.
In the Burn a disc dialog box, type a name for your new disc.
Click Show formatting options, and then click one of the following formatting options:
You will need to hit the key function required to choose your boot media. Example, F2, F12. Choose the DVD drive. The Linux OS should format the drive area for the installation and install a boot manager that will allow you to choose which operating system that you want each time you turn it on.
You have to go to the BIOS and set the boot menu to boot from CD or DVD first boot second will be Hard Drive click F10 and save this. Making sure to have the reboot disc in the drive restart machine. Press any key to boot from CD or DVD will appear do this this should start the process of recovery. Follow the on screen instructions. Also it may behoove you to do a go back process which is in Safe Mode hit F8 key and choose safe mode when booting up. Go to start menu-go to run type in MSCONFIG go there and you will see a box come up with a bunch of options.
Once there choose launch system restore or whatever it says to do a system restore once there go to an earlier time it will reload your computer to an earlier time. If you set this up and allowed it. By default it is usually allowed to cache earlier dates go back as far as you can. Select this option and allow the computer to go back. If this does not work then just do a restore and be done with it.
Last resort get the free Hirens Boot CD can be had at btjunkie.org you will also need utorrent to download these torrent files once you install utorrent go back to btjunkie.org and get the Hirens Boot CD by typing in the search box, download this and make a disc of it. Place the disk in the drive and it will boot to the program click on format hard drive or hard drive options click where it says format hard drive. Delete all partitions and select C drive as the primary the one with the largest space always. I hope this assisted you with this issue. John
Did you restart or reboot your system? if not restart your system and see whether it's working or not. Most of the time replacing a hardware we need to restart or re-boot the system.
If your mouse doesn't work than use Keyboard.
Press Ctrl+Esc simultaneously than use the arrow key up>choose the control panel>press enter>use right arrow key to choose the mouse option there press enter key again after you have selected.>Using Tab key and arrow key for choosing the option for "setting" that you wanted to change.
See whether the setting is correct or not. If not set your setting.
All the Best!
Check with your computer's manufacturer if you are still in warranty. If you are, depending on their policy, you may demand a recoveryOperating System cd from them. If not, you have to purchase the full version of the operating system you want to load to your computer.
You probably have to fomat the drive and install a fresh installation. Insert your Windows XP installation disc into your CD drive (Home or Pro--it
does not matter).Now as you computer boots a little more it will say “Press any key to boot from
CD..” press a key to do so.The CD will load up a blue screen and then spend a while loading files it needs.
When it is finished it will list a few options, mainly “Press ENTER to set up
Windows XP.” Press Enter or Return.Now you will be at a screen to select where to install Windows to. This is where
you can delete old partitions and format drives. The box in the bottom half of
the screen shows all your drives and the partitions that exist on them. Use the
Up and Down arrow keys to highlight your “C:” partition and press the 'D' key
(if all that shows up is “Unpartitioned space” and you have no C: or D:
partitions, skip this step). On the next screen press the 'L' key to finalize
deleting the partition.Now you are back on the screen to choose where to install Windows. The box on
the lower half of the screen should no longer show a partition but simply have
an entry “Unpartitioned space xxxxxMB.” Select this with the arrow keys and
press the 'C' key to create a partition on the drive. The next screen tells you
the minimum and maximum sizes the partition can be and lets you pick the size.
The default size is the maximum, but double check that the number entered is the
maximum and hit enter.Now you will again be back at the choose where to install Windows screen. But
this time you will have a partition that looks something like this “C:
Partition1 [New (Raw)]xxxxxxMB.” Highlight this entry and press enter.The next screen lets you choose which to format the drive with. Choose NTFS as it is faster and more
secure. If the drive is brand new and has never been used before then use one of
the options that ends in “(Quick).” Or, choose one of the lower down options.
Use the arrow keys to select the proper one and press Enter or Return.The installation of Windows will procede starting with the formatting of your hard drive. follow the prompts. This could take a while.
If its the full windows xp cd by booting it from the cd drive it will erase everything and ask if you want to upgrade or advanced install I think. Your correct in choosing the atapi cd-rom as 1st boot device. The cd should be in the drive on startup. IDE is the type of hard disk drive. I'm guessing the FDD stands for floppy disk drive which you might not have that many but you have that many bay windows available.
Put disk in, shut down computer, Start computer and it should give you the xp disk contents. Be aware of data loss though.