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NTLDR missing error DVDROM & Harddrives won't read...HELP!

Ok so I went against my better judgement and picked up The Suffering II: Ties that Bind because I enjoyed the first one so much. Unfortunately The Suffering II has the infamous Starforce copy protection. I'd heard all the horror stories about Starforce crashing systems, erasing BIOS, and destroying CD Roms, but tended to chalk them up to, if not hate, then a very small number of bugs, after all if Starforce was really as bad as everyone said wouldn't there be a huge uproar that would cause them to go out of business because normal everyday consumers couldn't understand what was happening when their game wasn't working? So I went ahead and installed the game, and what do you know it wouldn't work, it kept asking for the disk even though it was in the drive. I uninstalled and took it back to the store and forgot all about it for a couple of days. Then today I noticed that my DVD Rom wouldn't read any of the disks I was putting in. Hmm never had this happend before, computer is brand new been working like clock work. And then I recalled the stories about Starforce destroying CD/DVD Rom drives. So I did some research and found a few programs that supposedly removed starforce. None of them worked. Then I tried to do a system restore, which didn't take. Finally I decided to restore an Acronis Partition Image. I must have picked a wrong setting or something because even though I've done it successfully before this time when it completed and I rebooted it came up with a "NTLDR is missing press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart" So then I tried rebooting with my WinXP cd in my DVD rom drive, and even though I made extra sure that the boot order was correct it wouldn't boot from my WinXP cd no matter what I did. Worse yet, when I rebooted with a winxp floppy boot disk that actually got me into A:\ drive but I couldn't go to any other directory's not the DVD Rom or any of the hard drives. The only thing I can think of is that my DVD Rom drive is still screwed from Starforce, which would just be insane because Starforce was installed in Windows and that the reason I can't change to my other harddrives is because they are RAID and I'm not sure if the RAID drivers are loaded before windows starts. I also tried making a RAID Driver Floppy using my Asus Motherboard CD and I couldn't get that to boot for some reason. Well I was finally able to get my computer back up and running after screwing up an Acronis hardrive partition image reinstall that I had attempted to try and get Starforce off my computer. But I'm still left with the same problem that I had when I began and that is that my new DVD ROM drive is no longer functioning after I recently installed The Suffering II which of course came with Starforce. To be more specific whenever I put a cd in my drive it reads it for a several seconds and even has the little cd blinking next to my mouse curser...and then nothing. I browse the CD and it's always empty. I don't know much about Starforce. I'd heard the horror stories of course about Starforce crashing hardrives and destroying CD ROMs, but I guess I really didn't believe them or just thought that they only happend to a very small amount of people. Does anyone know of any support forums that talk about how to clean Starforce off your computer and get your CD/DVD ROM working again? The thing that really get's me is that even after I reloaded my entire OS to a version way back before I ever installed The Suffering, the effects of Starforce on my DVD ROM are still there. How in the hell is it even able to do this? I don't know, but I've heard numerous reports about Starforce destroying CD/DVD ROMs that still won't work even after the hard drive is completely formatted. What the heck can I do? At this point I'm at a total loss on what to do next. Anyone have any ideas? I have tried all kinds of disks,cds and dvds, software disks etc. none of them will open, but they used to. all I have done is download reg sweep program, that said it would fix my pc problems. it did not. I uninstalled any program to do with images, that I had installed previously. I shut down my pc and restarted. thats all I know how to do for now. nothing has helped.

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    Same here



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Same here too

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SOURCE: Insufficient Disk Space

nope..Quark is usually a dedicated system approach, where a computer is allocated to that work, solely. It's a fully operational system, and requires as many resources as you can give it. The memory's not the issue. You may want to increase the virtual memory on the disk to the highest level, if you are careful.

Posted on May 27, 2008


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SOURCE: Won't install ScanSnap Manager

The CD is defective. Get another CD and try it. I was having the same problem. I browsed the CD because I wanted to install just the Scan Snap manger. I discovered that the CD ROM could not read that part of the disk, so I tried the installation from another CD disk, and it worked like a charm.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008

Thomas F. Schneider

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SOURCE: Trying to copy a DVD

Their are two type of DVD burners and disks. DVD+ and DVD - 
Unless you had burned a DVD before I would try a (DVD+) in you machine. 
Another possibility; If someone had inserted the DV into the machine to burn something at  all on the disk  it may not be burnable the secont time.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

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SOURCE: Code 10 no cd/dvd drive found, unable to burn cd?

To solve this Code 10 error, follow these instructions: NOTE: After removing these registry keys and rebooting, it may be necessary to reinstall any CD or DVD recording applications.
1) Close all open programs

2) Click on Start, Run, and type REGEDIT and press Enter

3) Click on the plus signs (+) next to the following folders

  • CurrentControlSet
  • Control
  • Class
  • {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
4)This folder is the DVD/CD-ROM Drive Class Description in the registry.Look for any of the following names in the right hand column.
  • UpperFilters
  • LowerFilters
  • UpperFilters.bak
  • LowerFilters.bak
5) If any of the above keys shown in step 4 are listed, right-click on them and choose Delete

6) After deleting the keys, close the
Registry Editor

7) Reboot your computer

8) Open My Computer and check to see if your CD or DVD drives havereturned. You may also want to open Device Manager and verify that theyellow exclamation and error code on the CD or DVD drive is gone.

Posted on Apr 01, 2010


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SOURCE: Product is Roxio Easy CD

Most probably the CD does not have the autoun function or the autorun is no functioning. If you need to install the software, open the Windows Explorer and click on the drive for the CD and on the Explorer right side plane double click the "setup" installer and the installation should run.

Hope it helps.

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I have a emachines w 3107 I tried to use the system recoverey disk. I went through the whole process, Then when it re boots a error says NTLDR is compressed press alr cont del , And I get the same error...

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