same problem--different cause
by pintree3 - 6/8/09 1:21 AM
In Reply to: See This.. by Grif Thomas
One of 2 hard drive crashed. I bought a new one-installed windows XP home from original OEM CD. But it gave me the option to install it in G: and not C: How could it be? I asked myself. Is it possible the store placed the jumpers of the 2 hard drives wrongly?
Had no time to check so I installed Windows on G: No problems overall except that it would not boot without Windows OS CD iun it. Used PC and windows on G for a few months.
Finally reinstalled windows but this time C: was available--Oh Goody.
After original installation process on reboot I am shown a choice to choose from 2 identical Windows XP Home. OH OH! Choose the first. Windows appears not to have been installed properly. Tried to format drive with other Windows os (now on D) but couldn't. Reboot on safe mode. Delete files on D:. reboot. 2 window XP choices still available. format D: drive via windows install CD.
Reinstall windows one more time. This time all is OK.
Go online. attain and install (one at a time each with a reboot) VGA drivers, sound card drivers, and usb and internet drivers.
all ok. go to motherboard website and updtate bios. Site says after update it will reboot. but it doesn't reboot. I do so manually. go back online and try again. same thing but this time on reboot I go to BIOS set up and see that in fact the new bios was installed. continue then with booting in. all seems ok.
Do some windows properties settings such as screen resolution etc. all is ok. reboot. all is ok. Install Sygate personal firewall. am asked to reboot. I do so.
on rebbot I get the "NTLDR is missing press ctrl alt del"
what happened? Now what? Is the problem, because the 2 hard drives were set wrongly and now confusing things due to all the stuff done on it?
is it becuase I had 2 equal OS's on it and deleted them?
Or is it the BIOS updtae thing that caused the problem? Who knows but now I am stuck with not being able to boot in.
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