ok so i get back from a short two day vacation and turn on my mothers emachine T3302 and get the error message on the black screen. I googled this message and got results "ntldr is compressed" I do not see the n in front but it may be there and i just cant see that far over on the screen. Anyways, the results i get are to insert the XP cd and run the command lines something attributes... however I only have an emachine recovery cd. I believe that this cd was the only cd shipped to handle reformatting this XP system. The cd gives only two options, "full destructice" and "Non-destructive back-up" so i tried non destructive and reboot, same message. I try the destructive and voila same error message. any insight? i am posting this using my 2000 windows ME sony vaio. could i use my windows ME to fix the error and then use the recovery cd to put XP back on the emachine?