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u/s PC = Win2000 - known serviceable PC = WinXP.
I have been given an old PC to play with (it's my hobby). It arrived dead with the diagnosis "it's the mobo". I swapped the mobo for one I had in my box of bits, still nothing. Changed the VGA and it began to fire up so I thought the inital diagnos was wrong, but got only as far as the message "ntldr missing". I have Googled and read a bit but my problem is this:
I fitted the HDD from the old PC to my good PC (as slave), re-installed the "ntldr and ntdetect" files which were in fact not missing but I assumed them to be corrupt.
I fitted the HDD back into the old PC but still it comes up with the same message.
I don't have any Win2000 discs as I was informed there were none - everything pre-installed.
I welcome any advice on how to get the old PC to boot.
Recap: Win2000, stops at "ntldr" missing even though it's there and replaced. Thanks.
If you have FAT32 partitions, it is much simpler than with NTFS. Just boot with a Win98 floppy and copy the NTLDR or NTDETECT.COM files from the i386 directory to the root of the C:\ drive.
Insert and boot from your Windows XP CD. At the first R=Repair option, press the R key Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair. Typically this will be #1 Enter in the administrator password when requested Enter in the following commands (X: is replaced by the actual drive letter that is assigned to the CD ROM drive) COPY X:\i386\NTLDR C\: COPY X:\i386\NTDETECT.COM C:\ Take out the CD ROM and type exit
Hi Fruit Bat /\0/\. I have a feeling it is FAT32, I will check. I did get as far as the "enter administrator p/w" for the NTFS system but was stuck! I emailed the old owner and they said they never used or had a password, so then I was off Googling for s/ware to find p/w's but gave that up ;-)
Finally there. Sometimes still a bit iffy but I know I can boot into Windows each time with the floppy as described here click here
I am currently running sfc on the dead PC ;-) - well chuffed.
if you are still having problems. I have a series of floppy disks here with various programs on, the discs are as follows:
Password remover boot disk.
Fix NTLDR for windows XP & 2K.
I have never had to use them in anger, but have collected them just in case. Let me know if you think any of them could help.
Back on the job with this one. Still unable to get it to boot normally.
I can boot into Windows using the fixntldr.exe floppy downloaded from click here
but not normally. I suspect it's the old mobo BIOS (running WinMe last time it was in use) not playing with XP which is on the PC HDD. I think I have to flash the board with an updated BIOS or am I going down the wrong road. On the question of upgraded BIOS, it's like you have to pay for them, is that right? I seem to recall for my Asus I just went to the site and downloaded it!
I can boot it into safe and normal mode using this rescue floppy all the time, but still unable to get into setup tapping all sorts of keys.
The only time you might need to flash a BIOS for XP is to enable ACPI support in my experience. BIOS update will be free from the relevant manufacturer - Everest suggest links to the relevant site.
If you are installing XP from scratch hit F5 during boot (when the screen says Press F6 to load SCSI drivers/3rd party drivers) and select Non ACPI system (scroll down the list, for some daft reason you can only see two lines at a time).
Just re-read, are you saying you swapped the motherboard and expected Windows to load up perfectly normally?
Hi brundle. No, I didn't expect anything to be normal and anticipated problems. The PC (old) came to me as almost scrap with a diagnosis of u/s mobo and the caveat "don't spend any money on it".
It's my hobby so I began to see if I could get it going again using bits I have lying around from upgrades of my own PC's.
Sure enough, it didn't work. I swapped the mobo for one I had - still didn't work (by that I mean nothing except the CPU fan) and blank monitor. I then swapped the VGA and now I had a display, thus proving at least the VGA was duff. I swapped the mobo back to check if the inital diagnosis was wrong - it wasn't - it still wouldn't work. I put the known good mobo and VGA back and I was away again. It wouldn't boot as I got the NTLDR Missing message all the time. I googled to the site I mentioned and using the floppy I can get into XP and this eveing I have surfed to get MS updates and a firewall. The rest you know.
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