Solved Something is wrong with the way XP boots (NTLDR is missing)

June 18, 2012 at 02:43:12
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Compaq Presario SR1303WM. I downloaded an update from the Compaq website for BIOS order or something here's the link http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/... and when I try to boot my system it says NTLDR is missing, the only way I could log on was I had to boot my slave hard drive from the boot menu. What happened? How do I resolve the problem?

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#1
June 18, 2012 at 03:26:15
As with many Windows errors, there are several possible reasons why it happened, each requiring a different method of fixing it - there is no "one fix for all".

These pages may help:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320397

http://www.proposedsolution.com/sol...

http://www.ehow.com/how_4804862_fix...


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#2
June 18, 2012 at 14:55:43
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If you flashed your bios with that bios update, it changes the default Boot Order priorities in the bios Setup, and in any case, flashing the bios with any version sets any custom bios settings to default settings

NOTE that in addition to setting the current date and time in the bios from defaults after having flashed the bios, you should always load bios defaults of some sort, Save settings, after you have flashed the bios, to make sure the contents of the Cmos are the correct ones for the bios version (flashing the bios often does NOT do that automatically).

Once you have done that, if you still have the same problem,

" the only way I could log on was I had to boot my slave hard drive from the boot menu...."

....you probably need to go into the bios Setup and change which hard drive is detected first so that that's the same as it was before.

When you have more than one hard drive installed, there is either....

- most common - a list of the hard drives - the model of the hard drive you want the operating system to boot from must be listed first, Save bios settings.

- or - less common - there is more than one hard drive listed in the Boot Order or similar list - they're most often listed generically - the hard drive you want the operating system to boot from must be listed first, Save bios settings.



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#3
June 18, 2012 at 20:17:59
Thank you! Before I had written the request for help (I feel so stupid saying this...) I went to the setup, after I discovered I could boot my slave HDD, and tried to change the boot order of my hard disks. I was unsure if I should do this because I thought the guy I bought my PC from said the OS was on the Master drive. When I "attempted" to change the order, by pressing "+" or "-", the action would not work. I then began to wonder if it was due to my USB wireless keyboard, "No I wouldn't have made it this far," I said. I'm no techie, but I decided to try this again because of your suggestion and smiled to myself, I figured out why "+" or "-" wouldn't work... you have to use the ten key "+" and "-"! Stupid me! Thanks again for the help, two thumbs up!

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#4
June 19, 2012 at 07:19:47
We're glad to hear that you solved your problem.

Thanks for the Thank you.

Usually a mouse can't change anything in the bios Setup.

The setting USB legacy devices or USB keyboard or similar must be enabled in the bios Setup in order for you to be able to get into the bios Setup with a USB connected keyboard, but for mboards made in the last ten years or so, that's usually enabled by default.


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