|I need advice on how to get my operating system going again. I have a Compaq SR1850NX desktop running Win MCE2005. It's an Athlon 64. Through a chain of events, I now only get a screen that says "NTLDR not found", and prompts me to reboot, which brings me to the same screen. I can get into the BIOS/CMOS, but no safe mode or anything else.|
Here's the chain of events: The PC started making a sound like it's fan running full blast, and stayed on. After a few minutes of it seemingly running OK otherwise, it reboots on it's own, and after a couple of reboots, would reboot before the desktop appeared.
Me and a friend took the cover off and found the retainer clip that holds the fan against the CPU gave way. We ordered a new retainer clip, and in the meantime I ordered 2 GB of memory, as the PC had only 1 GB. When both items came, my friend did the installing as he works on PC's off and on as a hobby and to supplement his other income.
Both items went in, we fired up the PC, and it ran fine - for about an hour. The system showed that 3 GB memory were now installed, and the retainer clip seemed to do the trick, no loud fan in that hour. I left the house for about an hour with the PC still running. When I returned, there was a screen that said Windows was starting up, like when you reboot, but it just hung there. I powered off at the switch, and rebooted. I let it go into check disk, and after a while it says it's doing this or another - it found some problems - but would only get so far on the second phase of check disk and again just hang. If I tried canceling check disk, whether trying to go to normal, safe, or last good config. mode, it would always bring me back to check disk, but always stalling at a different area of phase 2, and with different messages, renaming files, orphaned files, whatever.
I then tried my recovery DVD, again, it would go so far, then reboot with the recovery trying to start from scratch. I chose the repair option, then the complete reinstall option, then started getting the BSoD and would state "IRQL not less or equal " and a stop code of 0x0000000A (with others in parenthesis). After a couple of attempts with the recovery DVD, I then just started getting the black screen with "NTLDR not found".
My BIOS shows the 3 GB of memory installed, (PC3200-DDR-400MHZ-LOW-DENSITY non-ecc, unbuffered, non registered that I believe this PC is supposed to take).
Any help much appreciated, thanks much.