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Xp Boot Cd Problem! Please Help

By Blasterguy
Jan 7, 2008
  1. Hey i am new to this website but i will get to the point. i have a problem with my computer. when ever i turn on the computer it displays a black screen that says "operating system not found". i read most of your post and most of you say that i need to put a windows xp cd and use it to restore. The problem is when i put the cd in the tray and run it. i press enter but it doesnt do anything. i even tried to restart the computer but the same message keeps on showing up. Please help me!
     
  2. Blasterguy

    Blasterguy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey i am new to this website but i will get to the point. i have a problem with my computer. when ever i turn on the computer it displays a black screen that says "operating system not found". i read most of your post and most of you say that i need to put a windows xp cd and use it to restore. The problem is when i put the cd in the tray and run it. i press enter but it doesnt do anything. i even tried to restart the computer but the same message keeps on showing up. Please help me!
     
  3. rf6647

    rf6647 TS Maniac Posts: 829

    Please add some specifics.

    Using the XP CD, does this mean that it worked to the point where you keyed in "enter" to begin the reloading XP? "Did not do anything" meaning it went to never-neverland or perhaps did it come back with some other indication that a viable 'windows' was not found?

    Adding system specs to your profile would be helpful, as well. Is your primary HDD a SATA drive? Is this a desktop or laptop?

    "OS not found" often points to the HDD. Is the Bios confirming that the HDD is being detected?

    Erratic behavior often points to the PSU or to the memory.
     
  4. Blasterguy

    Blasterguy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    my computer is desktop and usually when i try putting window 98 boot cd it loads it up but whenever i put the xp cd it doesnt do anything! it just keeps on displaying that windows operating system was not found.

    My computer has 192 mega bytes of ram and 1.4 ghz cpu
     
  5. cttech

    cttech TS Rookie

    It sounds to me like you had Windows 98 installed on your computer initially and then did and XP upgrade. If that is so, upgrade discs aren't bootable. You'll have to put in the 98 boot cd and re-load that operating system, then once you've re-installed it, put in the XP upgrade disc to redo the upgrade.
     
  6. Blasterguy

    Blasterguy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The Problem is that when ever i try to reboot into windows 98, at first it works but then the installation suddenly stops and says that i dont have Ms-Dos or i think it was Dos-Prompt. i dont know but i know it was one of those. is there anyway i can fix that?
     
  7. rf6647

    rf6647 TS Maniac Posts: 829

    Win98 needs these files <Hidden, System, Read-only>:
    -HSR C:\IO.SYS
    -HSR C:\MSDOS.SYS

    Using Win98 Startup FD, the following command copies the above files to c:\
    SYS c:\

    HOWEVER, it appears that your situation is dual boot and I do not have an understanding how boot loader (ntldr) will accept this action.

    Check the following for more info
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=823

    Your first post in this thread mentioned 'os not found'. Your last post amounts to about the same thing. This makes the hard drive suspect in my opinion. If it is not hardware, then something else is corrupting the Win98 OS files.
     
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