edited my ini file now my computer wont boot

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October 5, 2009 at 10:22:04
Specs: Windows XP
i changed my ini file about a month ago for no reason at all...silly me uh...so when i shut my computer down and tryd to restart it,, it wouldn't boot at all. it would load up to a certain point and just stop and a screen would say FLOPPY DISKETTE SEEK FAILURE
{press F1 to continue or F2 for system setup} when i press F1 it just repeats it...i need help !!! do anyone know what i could do to fix this problem?????

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#1
October 5, 2009 at 11:12:16
... tap <F8> key @ bootup to "safe mode with command prompt"

... and follow the instruction from "Response number1" from this post

... or boot from xp cd!


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#2
October 5, 2009 at 11:49:12
Can you boot into safe-mode (tap F8 during boot up)? If so... at that menu list, can you get last known good config to work?

Failing which can you boot (as per Mavis's sugestion) into safe-mode with command prompt?

Failing which... Boot with XP CD Need a full or Upgrade version - with recovery console) and use recovery console to run bootcfg routine (specifically the bootcfg /rebuild) - details as per:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291980

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/...

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/...

Have a read of all three references as each talks abut it all in a different way...


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#3
October 6, 2009 at 08:53:27
ok i will try today the tap F8 and try to boot up in safe mode and in safe mode with command prompt" plus i will try the last known good config ...if this dosen't work then i will probably need the xp cd ...i don't have the cds that came with my computer anymore..i have a Dell demenion 3100 i was using windows xp professional or something like that ...if i end up needing that where can i get it....??-COYUS

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#4
October 6, 2009 at 10:18:44
mmm

Did this system come with an actual full version XP CD; or with a dreaded (Dell in this case) recovery disk set?

If the latter then you may be able to get a replacement set from Dell; worth a phone call at least?

If the former.. then you may be able to a get legitimate copy (full version ) on eBay for a resonable sum. Also M$ "may" agree to sell you one for a wee sum (usually the cost of shipping?); but they will require some evidence you have a legit installation - a Certificate of Ownership number or similar?

If your installaton was an OEM (Dell on this occasion) and you once had the OEM (full version) CD... then not entirely sure how you get around that one. But again if Dell supplied the system they may replace the missing disk for a wee sum (postage again)?

Regardless of how you get the system running again - as soon as you can... make a set of recovery disks (as per a util supplied with many current sytems); or a restorable (and bootable) image set of disks.

Rereading your post I'm inclined to think you had a recovery set of disks from Dell at some stage; which means you ought to be able to get another set from them?

However... first I'd set about recovering data off the system as is? Boot with Knoppix or Ubuntu CD/DVD (Linux on disk). Use that OS on CD/DVD boot to access data etc and copy to optical media. Verify they can be accessed via another working system. After-which set about repairing/recovering the problem system.


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#5
October 6, 2009 at 13:11:46
well i tryd tap F8 and still did nothing. once i started my computer up it came on showing the DELL logo and the boot bar and it loaded up halfway ...everytime i press tap F8 it did nothing it just went to a new screen reading FLOPPY DISKETTE FAILURE press F1 to continue or F2 for system setup...
i tryd something new and pressed F2 and went to drives and turned of the drive that was set for INTERNAL..and saved the setting ...after that it restarted it loaded up fully ,,BUT,, it keep starting over repeatedly when the boot bar fulls up..
But when i turned off the the drive its enables me to press F8 and get to the safe mode prompts ect....i tryd every prompt that the had listed ...but after i choose one it tell me to choose a windows i would like to run/start it with..{ i was using window xp professional or whatever but it was always another windows under that .. times i tryd it, it all way restarted my computer so i awalys choose w-xp professional . } now it only one and thats the one that never worked....
KEEP in mind i changed the ini file when i was use w-xp professional...every since i did that my computer has been acting like this....boy i wish i could change it back...what do you guys think i need or i should do to get my computer back going?????? -COYUS

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#6
October 7, 2009 at 13:06:32
Let's take this very slowly at this stage... and not go any further until first you tell us: is there anything on the drive you don't wish to lose. That means are there files you would like to be able access; like to be able to save?

Presuming so then that is the first task to accomplish.


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#7
October 7, 2009 at 15:14:46
... "trvlr" to put you in the picture "coyus" should now have the means to boot to command prompt with a fix 'only' bootup xp iso
if it allows him to get there... link via pm

... just waiting for problem posts unless he can fix it!


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#8
October 8, 2009 at 02:11:20
Hi "Mavis..." thanks for update...

One gets the impression poster is not that au-fait with it all...; and also (and naturally) a little concerned about both fixing the problem - and not losing data/files etc...Hence my "save your data first approach". After-which go onto options to resolve what may actually be a very simple event...

I had a bootcfg rebuild routine in mind (presuming that it is only a screwed up boot.ini here); and if that failed then a Repair install (not using Recovery Console of course).


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#9
October 8, 2009 at 02:49:41
... maybe "coyus" can work out the routine

FIXMBR C:
FIXBOOT C:
COPY CDDrive:\I386\NTLDR C:\
COPY CDDrive:\I386\NTDETECT.COM C:\
BOOTCFG /rebuild

... CDDrive = drive letter of cdrom eg E:

... I'm not sure if "NTLDR" or "NTDETECT.COM" exists on that fix only iso ( I think not!) ... he'll have to borrow a xp cd

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