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Re: Cannot open CD drive on startup to reinstall XP?
LOOK FOR A PIN HOLE LOCATED ON THE CD-ROM THIS WILL MAKE THE CD-ROM TO OPEN.
SOME KEYBOARD HAVE THE OPTION ON THE KEYBOARD TRY PUSHING IT A FEW TIMES AND WAIT FOR 1 MINUTE AND THEN PUSH THE REFRESH BUTTON ON THE KEYBOARD OR IN THE PULL DOWN MENU ON THE DEST TOP IN VIEW AND HALF WAY DOWN.
LAST OPTION REMOVE THE POWER FROM THE DRIVE WAIT 2 MINUTER THAN PLUG PWR IN TRY OPEN BUTTON AGAIN.
LAST YOU CAN FORCE THE CD-ROM OPEN WITHOUT BRAKING IT CAREFULLY.
ONE OF MAY BOOK SAY TO CALL THE VENDER OF THAT DRIVE AND SEE IF THEY HAVE ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO OPEN THE DRIVE WITHOUT BRAKING IT.
LAST BUT LEAST IS THE DRIVERS MAYBE CORUPTED AND YOU NEED TO DELETE AND REINSTALL AS NEW HARDWARE AND USE THE CONTROLL PANAL OPTION TO IN STALL NEW HARDWARE OR HARDWARE WIZARD.
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Re: Cannot open CD drive on startup to reinstall XP?
Open up your computer case and make sure that the cables leading into the cd drive are securely attached at both ends. there should be 1 power cable and 1 ribbon cable attached to the cd drive. if these are fine then open up the drive manually using a paper clip into the tiny hole on the front of the drive.
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The Grand Unified Bootloader (GRUB for short) is a program developed by the GNU software foundation. This program allows your Windows machine to load a number of different operating systems by presenting the user with a choice when the machine boots. This allows you, for example, to have both Linux and Windows XP installed on the same machine. If you find that you need to restore your XP system to a previous state and want to remove GRUB from your Windows XP, the process can be done in just a few minutes.
Ensure that your computer can boot from the CD/DVD drive. Start your computer and watch the startup screen. It will flash the key combination you need to press to enter BIOS. Enter this key combination and go into the system BIOS. Look under "Boot Options" or "Boot Order". Select "Boot from CD/DVD Drive" and make sure that it is listed as the first in the boot order. Save your changes before you exit the BIOS. Open the CD/DVD drive and insert your Windows XP install DVD. Reboot your system. Press "R" for "Recovery Console" when the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears. Enter the administrator password. At the prompt, type the following command: fixmbr Allow the XP system to recover the boot sector. When finished, it will return you to the command prompt. Type:exit Reboot your XP system. Hope this helps.
If your computer boots up you should be able to reinstall with your xp os disk, click on your cd drive & choose reinstall or new install, after that you'll probably have to go to windows update & update the system, if that does'nt work you may have to go to bios settings & set the cd rom as your boot devise, restart & install that way, after your done be sure to set the bios to thier default settings.
If it gives you options to choose from such as Windows XP, NT 2000, etc. then select one and press enter. If not, try reinstalling Windows using the restore disc that came with the computer. Make sure to set your CD drive to boot first from your BIOS setup. To enter the BIOS press F2 at startup. Then select the CD drive and set it to first in the Boot Order list. Restart your computer with the Windows disc in the CD drive and follow the on screen instructions.
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If you want to try booting from safe mode, start the machine and press F8 until you get a boot menu, but you getting the 'Error Loading OS' message sort of suggests your relative may have wiped the harddrive before handing the machine off to you, which would mean there will be nothing there to recover from.
Sounds as if the PC is set to boot from the harddrive, so your easiest fix would be to get into the bios settings at startup and set your 'boot order' to read from your optical drive (cd or DVD) first- Put YOUR copy of XP in and away you go!
Another option would be to go to bootdisks,com and download a Win'98 boot floppy image with CD-Rom drivers, & unzip the image to a 3.5 floppy, but that's the long way around.
You need to either reinstall windows, or take the hard drive out, hook it up as a spare drive to a working computer and copy NTDLR to the root of the laptop hard drive. It would be much easier to reinstall windows. You can always use the recovery portion of Windows, but if I were you I would just do a format and reinstall. NTDLR is just a startup file for Windows XP, that does not mean your hard drive is gone or anything. Please don't forget to rate!..Thanks
hi there! if you can configure your bios set up and go there, priority yout cd rom as first on the list,2nd your hard drive, in able to start and configure your windows set up promptly.How to open your bios set up,after switching on your pc, press F2 or delete depend on your start up windows appear on left bottom of screen if cmos/bios appear on blue screen select the boot sequence and arange the list of booting up your windows.In your screen resolution this will be adjusted after you finished the windows set up to new xp,you can adjust your scrren resolution, by left clicking on your windows xp on screen,click proreties, on properties box there adjustment of screen resolution there slide function key to 1680 X 1200.then click apply,click ok then restart your pc for effetivity or sometime it was auto restart after you change your screen resolution...,regards
IF you have the XP installation CD you can easily do that, Just set your BIOS to boot from the CDrom then put the XP CD on your CD drive then restart the computer , so your computer will automatically boot from the XP installation CD then on that process you will have an option to format the entire hard drive that you have using the XP CD installation, then just let the installation finish...