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Non system disk or disk error

I dont hav any software i was just given the laptop with the plug charger thing. when i turn it on it either says 1790 disk 0 error or it says non system disk or disk error replace and strike any key when ready. can i get it to work? i received a compaq laptop that was displaying the error message NTDLR missing, some bright spark tried to load windows xp on and deleted the partition now the error message reads NON SYSYTEM DISK OR DISK ERROR REPLACE AND STRIKE ANY KEY WHEN READY. Can this be fixed and please tell me how.

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  • naseema iqbal Jun 18, 2008

    hi i have tried all that you recommend but nothing much happens... it now gives me the error message saying PROBLEM LOADING SYSTEM DISK.i am not a pc technician but would appreciate all the help...

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Do you have an installation or repair disk

If you don't have a Windows Restore Disk, you can create one with a friend's computer. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Create-a-system-repair-disc

Restart your computer with the Operating system Setup disk in the CDROM drive. If you are prompted to press a key to start the computer from CDROM, do so quickly. Otherwise it may try to boot from the hard drive.


After a few minutes, you'll see a prompt to press the R key to start the Recovery Console. When Recovery Console starts, it will prompt you to enter a number corresponding to the Windows XP installation that you need to repair. In most cases, you'll enter "1" (which will be the only choice).


If you press ENTER without typing a number, Recovery Console will quit and restart your computer. Enter your Administrator password. If you don't enter the correct password, you cannot continue. At the Recovery Console command prompt, type fixmbr and then verify that you want to proceed.


Your damaged MBR will be replaced with a shiny new one, and you should then be able to boot your system normally. In some cases, you may need to repair the boot sector in addition to the MBR.

If your system still doesn't boot properly, repeat the steps above, but issue the fixboot command instead.


hope this helps you

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Provided that the hard drive is good, you should be able to boot with a windows xp cd, delete all partitions, reformat the partition and install windows on it. However if your hard drive is bad (which could be why you received the ntldr message to begin with) then you would need to replace it. But it wouldn't hurt to attempt reinstalling windows xp the way I described first.

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Hi
I am no expert but in your case you need to get or download 6 system disks on 6 floppy drives if you don't have another PC to download, give me your home address , and I will send you the 6 diskettes, when the sixt's disk is inserted you will read a note saying insert the CD windows XP this will guide you the rest of the way also you will need the product key, good luck

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