NTLDR is missing press ctrl alt del

March 2, 2009 at 01:38:59
Specs: Windows XP home
I have a matsonicMS9317E SERIES motherboard with a W/D600BB harddrive haveing problem trying to load xp home into it i have reset mother board to clear cmos removed ram and checked them on another machine all ok also formated hard drive ntfl file system still cant get any where when i get into bios it shows the hard drive there, but when i come out and try to boot up it goes through its check prosedure comes up with no drive on IDE 0 MASTER NONE im confused

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#1
March 2, 2009 at 14:28:49
Test drive in known working machine.

Swap controllers IDE0 to IDE1.

See also jumpers on HD. Be sure you understand all options.

Swap IDE cables,. be sure you are using only the best quality.

After all that, XP may not even need to have it be "seen" in bios to work.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#2
March 2, 2009 at 14:39:51
When you cleared the CMOS did you then enter the BIOS screens and reset the values as needed?

Is that your problem? Try tapping del at startup. don't use a USB keyboard.

How did you manage to prep the hard drive if you can't find it?


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#3
March 2, 2009 at 14:50:23
i had thsi problem on my laptop. it crashed during a xp isntall because of a faulty drive, however upon reboot with no os and no recognizable drive to boot from it gave me that error.

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