NTLDR missing


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Guest

I'm getting a soft forehead because of this one....

XP Pro SP2 laptop. User boots machine and gets the "NTLDR is missing" error.
Boot with floppy and check out boot.ini, all looks well. Reboot w/out floppy
and get the same "missing" error. Ran chkdsk, it found and repaired errors.
Reboot, same "missing" error. Booted into Recovery Console, ran FIXBOOT and
FIXMBR, no change - still get error. Copied NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM from XP
CD, no change. If I boot from the floppy it boots just fine and the system
runs great. If I boot with the XP CD in the drive and skip "Press any key to
boot from CD" it boots just fine. (huh?) Yep, it boots just fine.

Found a KB article about the MFT being messed up and ran bcupdate2.exe, it
says everything is fine.

Looking for suggestions.
 
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Marian Gutu

check if the boot.ini file is missing as well. If the boot.ini file is
missing or damaged, create a new one using notpad and then copy the boot.ini
file to c:\ (use a floppy: copy a:\boot.ini c:\)
to repair ntldr missing error restart the computer, use the windows CD,
press R, for repair, press C to repair by using recovery console, enter
admin pass, type "copy CDdriveletter:\i386\ntldr c:\ [enter], copy
CDdriveletter:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\ [enter]
the end ;)
hope that helps, let us know
--
Marian Gutu

MCP, MCSAs, MCSEs
Be nice, society already sucks!

May the Force be with you!
http://www.google.com
 
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Guest

What I did was copy the boot.ini from the floppy that I was using to the root
of C: to see if there might be a problem with the existing boot.ini. This did
not help.

Already tried replacing the files from the CD.

Marian Gutu said:
check if the boot.ini file is missing as well. If the boot.ini file is
missing or damaged, create a new one using notpad and then copy the boot.ini
file to c:\ (use a floppy: copy a:\boot.ini c:\)
to repair ntldr missing error restart the computer, use the windows CD,
press R, for repair, press C to repair by using recovery console, enter
admin pass, type "copy CDdriveletter:\i386\ntldr c:\ [enter], copy
CDdriveletter:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\ [enter]
the end ;)
hope that helps, let us know
--
Marian Gutu

MCP, MCSAs, MCSEs
Be nice, society already sucks!

May the Force be with you!
http://www.google.com
Jeff Boehm said:
I'm getting a soft forehead because of this one....

XP Pro SP2 laptop. User boots machine and gets the "NTLDR is missing"
error.
Boot with floppy and check out boot.ini, all looks well. Reboot w/out
floppy
and get the same "missing" error. Ran chkdsk, it found and repaired
errors.
Reboot, same "missing" error. Booted into Recovery Console, ran FIXBOOT
and
FIXMBR, no change - still get error. Copied NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM from XP
CD, no change. If I boot from the floppy it boots just fine and the system
runs great. If I boot with the XP CD in the drive and skip "Press any key
to
boot from CD" it boots just fine. (huh?) Yep, it boots just fine.

Found a KB article about the MFT being messed up and ran bcupdate2.exe, it
says everything is fine.

Looking for suggestions.
 
G

Guest

Jeff Boehm said:
What I did was copy the boot.ini from the floppy that I was using to the root
of C: to see if there might be a problem with the existing boot.ini. This did
not help.

Already tried replacing the files from the CD.

Marian Gutu said:
check if the boot.ini file is missing as well. If the boot.ini file is
missing or damaged, create a new one using notpad and then copy the boot.ini
file to c:\ (use a floppy: copy a:\boot.ini c:\)
to repair ntldr missing error restart the computer, use the windows CD,
press R, for repair, press C to repair by using recovery console, enter
admin pass, type "copy CDdriveletter:\i386\ntldr c:\ [enter], copy
CDdriveletter:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\ [enter]
the end ;)
hope that helps, let us know
--
Marian Gutu

MCP, MCSAs, MCSEs
Be nice, society already sucks!

May the Force be with you!
http://www.google.com
Jeff Boehm said:
I'm getting a soft forehead because of this one....

XP Pro SP2 laptop. User boots machine and gets the "NTLDR is missing"
error.
Boot with floppy and check out boot.ini, all looks well. Reboot w/out
floppy
and get the same "missing" error. Ran chkdsk, it found and repaired
errors.
Reboot, same "missing" error. Booted into Recovery Console, ran FIXBOOT
and
FIXMBR, no change - still get error. Copied NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM from XP
CD, no change. If I boot from the floppy it boots just fine and the system
runs great. If I boot with the XP CD in the drive and skip "Press any key
to
boot from CD" it boots just fine. (huh?) Yep, it boots just fine.

Found a KB article about the MFT being messed up and ran bcupdate2.exe, it
says everything is fine.

Looking for suggestions.

Hi Jeff,
Start your computer with the XPCD and when you represented with menu for
setup select or Press *R* for Recovery Console, when you are in the Recovery
Console Prompt type the following;
copy X:\i386\ntldr C:\ (Where X is the Drive letter for your CD) Press
Enter on your Keyboard and Type exit to Exit and Reboot your machine.
HTH
Please let us know.
Regards,
nass
 
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Marian Gutu

ok, then let's move forward. dld ultimate boot cd
http://ubcd.sourceforge.net/; run the disk diagnostic tools and run mbrtool
to check/rebuild mbr.
then use dos navigator to ensure that the ntldr, boot ini, ntdetect.com are
there.

--
Marian Gutu

MCP, MCSAs, MCSEs
Be nice, society already sucks!

May the Force be with you!
http://www.google.com
Jeff Boehm said:
What I did was copy the boot.ini from the floppy that I was using to the
root
of C: to see if there might be a problem with the existing boot.ini. This
did
not help.

Already tried replacing the files from the CD.

Marian Gutu said:
check if the boot.ini file is missing as well. If the boot.ini file is
missing or damaged, create a new one using notpad and then copy the
boot.ini
file to c:\ (use a floppy: copy a:\boot.ini c:\)
to repair ntldr missing error restart the computer, use the windows CD,
press R, for repair, press C to repair by using recovery console, enter
admin pass, type "copy CDdriveletter:\i386\ntldr c:\ [enter], copy
CDdriveletter:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\ [enter]
the end ;)
hope that helps, let us know
--
Marian Gutu

MCP, MCSAs, MCSEs
Be nice, society already sucks!

May the Force be with you!
http://www.google.com
Jeff Boehm said:
I'm getting a soft forehead because of this one....

XP Pro SP2 laptop. User boots machine and gets the "NTLDR is missing"
error.
Boot with floppy and check out boot.ini, all looks well. Reboot w/out
floppy
and get the same "missing" error. Ran chkdsk, it found and repaired
errors.
Reboot, same "missing" error. Booted into Recovery Console, ran FIXBOOT
and
FIXMBR, no change - still get error. Copied NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM from
XP
CD, no change. If I boot from the floppy it boots just fine and the
system
runs great. If I boot with the XP CD in the drive and skip "Press any
key
to
boot from CD" it boots just fine. (huh?) Yep, it boots just fine.

Found a KB article about the MFT being messed up and ran bcupdate2.exe,
it
says everything is fine.

Looking for suggestions.
 

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