invalid boot.ini - help please

October 13, 2009 at 01:17:52
Specs: Windows XP
hey is there a way to fix boot.ini error without a CD drive cause mine not working haha only have 2gb usb..please and thankyou..

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#1
October 13, 2009 at 02:04:01
my guess: prob'ly have to put disk as slave on another compatible system (ntfs, fat32) and then try to doctor
the boot.ini or transfer it from cd/diskette/other harddrive.
i'm used to having lots of klunker computers around.. might
have to borrow a system from friend and make big promise.
if fail, run real fast or prepare for kneecaps broken. (ha ha)

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#2
October 13, 2009 at 02:12:33
HMM can you explain step by step please?
I'm using a borrowed laptop with xp pro, my broken pc xp home.
would ultimate boot CD usb work? or need install something on pc to work..
EDIT: will this run directlty via usb
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-ul...

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#3
October 13, 2009 at 03:26:28
Would running damn small linux fix it

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#4
October 13, 2009 at 03:41:43
Purchase a cheap external usb cd drive.

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#5
October 13, 2009 at 17:03:35
... tap <F8> key @ bootup select "safe mode with command prompt"

... (type) CD\ [press enter]

... (type) attrib /? [press enter] ...so you know whats going on

... (type) attrib -s -h -r Boot.ini [press enter] ...to alter attributes

... click for more info > boot.ini ...then type:

... edit boot.ini [press enter] (to make adjustments)

... any probs post back..... thx

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#6
October 13, 2009 at 22:27:41
i was thinking to buy usb cd but might be better to fix the built in CD drive cause my parents dunno where to buy and i can't go cause i can't walk..........by the way F8 wont work cause of error.. but thx

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#7
October 13, 2009 at 23:39:43
http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd-...

... boot from USB Flash Drive

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#8
October 13, 2009 at 23:46:32
don't you need to install something on the pc you want to boot?
if so it wont work for me =(

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#9
October 14, 2009 at 01:28:11
Ideally you need a working CD/DVD player or recorder so as to use an XP (Full or Upgrade) CD to fix it all...?

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#10
October 14, 2009 at 01:50:53
what you mean recorder o.o

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#11
October 14, 2009 at 02:43:56
... refer to the link in "Response Number 7"

... you do'nt need to install anything, just download the two zip files extract the contents and follow the intructions to format the usb stick and build the "grub4dos" bootloader << takes seconds!
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... download this 186MB: http://www.hirensbootcd.net/

... extract the "iso" from the zip also extract and copy the "HBCD" folder from the "iso" to the usb stick ..... you're done!

... tried it with an older version selected "mini XP" @ bootup.

... which boots you to gui interface with tools

... could'nt get the other menu option to work maybe you can with the newer version (ram drive error blah blah!)

... gui works fine

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#12
October 14, 2009 at 05:11:38
dvd/cd units come in both player only and also "recorder" style.

Recorder is often referred to as a burner as well...

A player only "plays" obviously; and a recorder can both record and play.

Mavis has given you viable option when no working CD/DVD unti to hand...

Once you able to use the system again... do your best to get a replacement unit installed asap. Without one you are seriously limited...


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#13
October 14, 2009 at 14:05:32
Thanks everyone! but i get a new error lol..disk error can't read or something i used a boot tool i think it made it worse ==''. can i install anything in mini XP?

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#14
October 14, 2009 at 15:44:52
... have you managed to load and boot up with the usb stick?

... @ least we can attempt something once we know the stage were you are

... you should be able to alter the boot.ini file using bootup usb method.

... let us know when you've achieved the bootup from usb stick!


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#15
October 15, 2009 at 02:53:31
yea i can boot with usb but for some reason it wont normal boot it saying:Type the name of the command interpreter...strange maybe i need to reformat lucky i can still access my files and make backups.

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#16
October 15, 2009 at 03:49:32
... now you have lost me

... either you are booting up from the usb stick after following the instructions from link in Response Number 7

... or you have another os on the usb stick

... whatever the case can you post the boot.ini file content here?

... or alter it to suit


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#17
October 15, 2009 at 18:44:20
ok i fixed that =) now i get a disk read error lol it never ends is there a way to fix ?
i kinda deleted the boot.ini
edit i get error loading operating system o.o lol

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#18
October 15, 2009 at 21:40:51
"Mavis"

Does the usb stick route you suggest allow a bootcfg/rebuild option? If so that may resolve the missing/duff boot.ini issue?


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#19
October 15, 2009 at 23:39:28
... good point "trvlr" I can'nt try it on my system as I have stuff in my boot record that needs to be "as is"

... after booting from my usb stick and searching for specific files to rebuild I drew a blank but it still might be worth a try as it uses mini xp os

... "dara012" seems to be still skirting the issue as to whether or not he has managed the usb boot senario

... I know that I had to tinker about in my bios altering this and that to boot first from usb device + enable other device seek and enabled legacy support aswell as tapping other keys @ bootup I selected usbcdrom as first device which done the trick for me

... anyway this is worth a try after booting from usb stick with all the "guff" from the links above on the stick and selecting "mini xp"

... when it loads to its desktop open the command prompt and type:

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

[press enter] after each command line

... if the files are toast in the i386 folder you may be able to find them from another source

... anyway let us know how you get on "dara012"


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#20
October 16, 2009 at 22:24:15
hey guys sorry for late reply =3 anyways i just bought a cheep CD drive cost $5. only i reinstalled xp now it's fixed and faster
thanks for helping.

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#21
October 17, 2009 at 03:42:40
... lol ... easiet solution ... got to be a female


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#22
October 17, 2009 at 05:27:11
ouch "Mavis"... might have been a chap?

(S)he might have gotten away with a repair install rather than a fresh/new install too? Although as it now appears to not only work but is "faster".... would appear there mayv have been a few hidden issues there too?


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#23
October 17, 2009 at 07:15:51
i'm not female lol guess cause i said "hey guys" my bad! don't worry i backup my files to 2nd drive and i transfers back to reinstalled driver..gotta love that feature

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#24
October 17, 2009 at 11:16:11
Good for you re' backups etc. Sadly so many fail to address that event and live to regret... And even then some don't learn from their error and still fail to backup...

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