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NTLDR Missing

By deseraligears
Jan 17, 2009
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  1. Turned on daughters computer and this what cam up. Tried an f 8 boot still the same! do I need to reboot with windows CD? Thanks
     
  2. jdillman1502

    jdillman1502 TS Enthusiast Posts: 232

    First thing to check... if you have a floppy drive make sure there is no disk in it.
     
  3. deseraligears

    deseraligears TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 155

    ntldr

    no floppy but did have a cd in drive and I removed but got the same warning
     
  4. jdillman1502

    jdillman1502 TS Enthusiast Posts: 232

    1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
    2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
    3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
    4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
    5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
    6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.

    copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
    copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\

    There is a space between the file name and the c:\, you must have that space in there.
    Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot

    I dont remember for sure, but you may need to use the word "expand" instead of copy for the above commands.
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Actually do most of the above (until you get to the Recovery Console)
    But try Chkdsk c: /r on the command line
    I know it's strange, but I've seen where after running a Check Disk some of the system files corrupted are then ok. (Strange but has worked before)

    If it didn't help, you may need to continue above, actually there are a number of old threads on the subject. See below
     
  6. deseraligears

    deseraligears TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 155

    ntldr

    Okay thanks followed instructions i now get the message "Windows could not start becuase the following is missing or corrupt:
    <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. so do I do the same with this file? Thanks
     
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  8. deseraligears

    deseraligears TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 155

    dtsrl

    thanks I wiped clean rebboted and put cd windows in drive all is well but I use a at&t stick and it won't connect do I need to download the cd from At& T
     
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Nah. Just contact them, they should be able to help you over the phone
    By the way, you may need to re-install all your Drivers too (obviously copying them to CD first, from an Internet enabled computer)
    Drivers: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic117607.html
     
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