Have managed to cause utter mayhem

By tokyo-joe
Nov 22, 2005
  1. I just decided on what seemed like the going advice here that a sygate firewall was a good idea to run with AVG. Anyway after downloading it but before running it, perhaps foolishly, I turned off the Windows firewall and, without disconnecting from the internet, seconds - literally - later my laptop went phut.

    I tried to restart but all it says is -

    No bootable CD in ATAPI CD-ROM

    NTLDR is missing

    Press CTRL+ALT+DLT to continue

    - but all it does it squeak, show the Packard Bell screen briefly before giving me the same information.

    Would greatly appreciate some help here. Have tried F8 thinking I could system restore in safe mode but it didn't seem to come up on the screen - well, something came up but safe mode wasn't one of them!

    Your help is, as always, massively appreciated.

  2. The_Maestro

    The_Maestro TS Rookie Posts: 52


    When you say something came up, what was it that came up?
  3. tokyo-joe

    tokyo-joe TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Thanks for replying - when I press F8 there's a small blue screen with:

    Boot device

    ( ) Hard Disk C
    ( ) CD-ROM/DVD
    (.) Floppy Disk Drive
    ( ) LAN Boot

    - which I can scroll up and down and press return but it doesn't do anything.

    Then, bottom left there is:

    (enter) Execute item
    ( up / down arrows) select item
    (space) Toggle item

    THe last ones I don't appear to be able to get at with no cursor.

    Does this make any sense??

    Ta very much

  4. patio

    patio TS Maniac Posts: 482

    Move it up to HDD with the + key and then press F10 ...this saves the info and re-starts the machine.

    patio. :cool:
  5. tokyo-joe

    tokyo-joe TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Sorry, that doesn't work. The + doesn't move - only the cursor. When I put it to Hard Disk C the F10 button doesn't respond. Am I doing it wrong?
  6. The_Maestro

    The_Maestro TS Rookie Posts: 52

    was your drive in NTFS or Fat32? What operating system did you have on your PC before it died?
  7. tokyo-joe

    tokyo-joe TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    NTFS and FAT32 I'm afraid are only vague terms for me - but it was a bog standard Packard Bell laptop with Windows XP SP2 + not had many problems with it. It did slow down and crash recently but I thought I'd solved all that by uninstalling System Mechanic's Pro 6 behemoth which caused all those probs. Having done that it was working perfectly well with AVG. Before crashing obviously.
  8. The_Maestro

    The_Maestro TS Rookie Posts: 52

    have you tried booting off the windows xp disk and running a repair installation. When you run through the all the checks you get to a screen where you have the option to press "r" to repair windows. That will delete most system files and re-install them.
  9. tokyo-joe

    tokyo-joe TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Hey Maestro,

    Nope I haven't but just checking what I've got I have works suite 2002, something called windows magic install, and the back up master CDs. From what i can gather they should only be used as a last resort as I think they'll take me back to year zero and wipe out tonnes of stuff, a small part of which wasn't saved...

    Would Microsoft allow me to download a repair CD i wonder...?
  10. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    You could borrow anybody's XP CD and burn a copy for yourself. Make sure it has SP2 slipstreamed into it (and it is the same XP-version you have now (Home or Pro)).
    You'll still need your own CD-key though.

    Then follow the Read: How to repair... in the Windows forum.
    If you do it correctly, you won't lose any data.
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