missing operating system

By leeknight1982
May 15, 2006
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  1. hello all.

    My laptop at startup comes up with a message saying missing operating system.
    my laptop does not have a floppy drive. however i do have a windows xp disk (not a recovery disk) when i put the cd in it wont read the cd and displays a message saying non bootable cd in atapi cd-rom. I have a lot of coursework in this laptop and a can not afford to lose it. any ideas on what i should do?

    laptop specs. Packard bell easynote. intel celeron. windows xp.

    thankyou for your time

    Lee
  2. leeknight1982

    leeknight1982 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    1 more thing

    i have put my new hard drive in and when i put the windows xp disc in and startup it loads up as if there is no cd in the drive but i i put the recovery disc in then it reads that no problem and takes me to its set up

    please help me
  3. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    it sounds like the XP disk you have is not bootable. is this a genuine XP disk or a "copy"?
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