Corrupted windows xp

July 4, 2010 at 01:35:59
Specs: Windows 12.06.2009
Want to know how to fix my son's netbook. When he went to turn it on it came up with a black screen saying windows xp is corrupted and to insert cd-rom to fix problem. However, it doesn't have a disc slot and windows xp was already on it when we got it. Is there a way to fix it without taking it to get fixed or buying a external hard drive. I have windows xp cd installer for my computer. Can I do anything with my computer to download windows xp onto his netbook?

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July 4, 2010 at 01:53:36
Hi there,

Now-a-days most of the laptop come with the recovery partition which restore system to factory default and which can be invoked by pressing either F10,F11,F1 keys . Turn on your system and try these keys may be your sons laptop have recovery partiton.

Best of luck

Imran Khan

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July 4, 2010 at 02:07:55

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July 4, 2010 at 04:40:42
Be aware that when you inoke/use the recorey partiton routine... you will lose any/all data on the drive - i.e. anything your son created, downloaded and/or wished to keep...

Regardless - when system is up and running OK.. encourage him to copy data etc. off the system to external media - usually optical. Which of course means you will need an external (usb based) dvd burner. They aren't that much thses days; come in assorted flavours as it were.

I prefer to get one that comes with an external power unit as well allowing you to power it from the netbook itself; as this reduces drain on netbook power etc. If no supplied power unit then one can buy one for a few £££/$$ that will do the job.

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July 4, 2010 at 10:04:16

could you tell me what you mean by an external power unit? I have a cord that plugs into the netbook to save power if that is what you mean?

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July 4, 2010 at 11:06:30
Generally external dvd-burners (they play/record both cd and dvd - variously depending on model and make etc...) are delivered with a usb-cable that has a y-cord connection at the computer end that goes into the computer. One is for data connection and the other to use a second usb outlet to power the burner...

Problem is that many portable systems may not have "enuff" on-board power capacity to safely drive an external burner...; and with a netbook I wouldn't personally wish to push one too hard in that regard. (Desktops will "usually" be OK - but again I tend to err on side of caution.)

These devices use a 5volt approx power source (that's what is usually on a usb outlet on computer... One can buy a power-adapter (rather similar to one for a mobile-phone) that will do the job perfectly. There are some general purpose adapters around that will power Motorola and Blackberry devices - which often use a "mini" usb connection for power in. Whichever burner you have (or get anon) just look for a power-adapter/module that has the same/appropriate connector on its output least - one that is the mate for the one on the burner...; and ensure it is the same voltage.

Likely the power adapter you have at present (for the netbook) uses a different type of connector... And anyway if you were to use two usb outputs on the netbook with a burner.. then you would almost certainly need to power the netbook with the mains adapter - if only to save battery resources...

Many smaller laptops/netbooks simply do not have enuff spare power (battery or mains) to power usb-devices for more than a few mins; it sed devices require more than a few milliamps - which is why the external power adapter...

Some external burners (and most but not all external hard-drives) come with just a standard cable; one end to the computer, and t'other to the device it came with (and both ends "may be different, or one end will be male and t'other female - standard usb). If this is the case..., if the device comes with a single non y-cord cable, then likely it "will" have a (mains) power adapter; one that plugs into a mains outlet and has the appropriate connector on the output lead to mate with the burner/device.

My own research for such an adapter a little while back (in USA and UK) indicated that almost any usb power-adapter will do - as long as the output lead has the appropriate connector...? and they cost not more than a few ££/$$'s/shekels/roubles/grains of sand/ears of wheat...?

BestBuy, and Frys in USA, and PC World, and Maplins in UK all have them; and of course - there's always on-line...

Typical price for a basic no-frills burner in USA is around $60 - and there are the usual deals... Prices in UK are comparable...

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July 4, 2010 at 12:15:23
Imran Khan,

thanks for the help with the F1, F10, F11 key suggestion. I tried those keys and they didn't work but I thought I would try other "F" keys and it was either "F5" or "F6" that helped and it brought back windows XP plus nothing my son downloaded was deleted. All was restored. Thanks so much for your help! Great appreciated!

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July 4, 2010 at 13:05:13
F5 is not untypical one to use for restore options. F11 is the other popular one (Dell/HP etc.)

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