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Trhying to fix E Machine

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Ok, I'm running a E machine W3400 withXP Home SP2 installed. Well I just got it actually. I turn it on and it starts the boot cycle saying its E Machine and has the options for F2 for Bios and F10 for Boot options. It starts the XP screen and goes to the Safe mode start options. But no matter what you choose it starts going and then reboots, EXCEPT if you hit Start in Safe mode. Then it lists the processes and freezes when it gets to a certain place, sorry I just tried to get ti do it again and well it didn't. Sorry. I don't remember the line, but it was a Adq command of some sort I am fairly certain. Trying to restore only brings a mess on the screen sliding across like an old TV that the Vertical hold was turned askew. Any questions or opinions welcome. I will keep checking this post for answers. Thanks in advance.

Ok, I got an Error, it says that the NTLDR is missing. Whats that mean?

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NTLDR is a major part of the system and is needed for Windows to boot.

Do you have a genuine XP installation CD? (NOT a recovery CD)

Hi Chucc420 and welcome to TSF :wave:

It has come to my attention that your computer is missing the all important boot up file called Ntldr. This file is crucial for the startup of any Windows computer. Here are some things to check first before we move on to a fix for your issue:

  • Make sure that there are NO Floppy Disks, CD's, or External Drives connected to the computer.

Windows 2000 Users Fix

If your computer is using Microsoft Windows 2000 and you are encountering the NTLDR error. Create the below boot.ini file on the floppy diskette drive.

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
Copy the NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM files from another computer using the same Operating System. Both of these files are located in the root directory of the primary hard disk drive. For example, C:\NTLDR and C:\NTDETECT.COM should be the locations of these files on many computers.

(** Side Note: The NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM Files are both hidden and you will need to make hidden files and folders unhidden **)

Once these files have been copied to a floppy diskette reboot the computer and copy the NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM files to the root directory of the primary hard disk drive. Below is an example of what commonly should be performed from the A:\> drive.

copy ntldr c:
copy c:
After the files are copied over reboot the computer and the issue should be resolved.

Windows XP Users Fix

  • Insert the Windows XP Bootable CD into the computer.
  • When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press Any key.
  • Once in the Windows XP Setup Menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
  • Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
  • You will then be prompted for your Administrator Password, enter that password.
  • Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In my below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter "E". This letter may be different on your computer.

copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy e:\i386\ c:\
Once the two files are both copied over Successfully you may then restart your computer as it should be fixed.

Corrupted boot.ini File (Step 2 Fix)

Edit the boot.ini on the root directory of the hard disk drive and verify that it is pointing to the correct location of your Windows Operating System and that the partitions are properly defined. Here is a common boot.ini non-dual boot example:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP <Your OS (eg. Professional, Media Center Edition or Home Edition)> /fastdetect
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