computer mentions NTLDR

September 21, 2009 at 13:02:02
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Ok bought a used computer. Kinda know nothing about it except its suppose to be xp, 160 gb, 512mb memory and has dvd and cd writer.

Just plugged it today and when it starts it says NTDLR is compressed press Ctrl=Alt+delete

and then it restarts! thats it.

Try f10 to go to previous setup...and then all I get is a blank page...what does it mean? what s the problem. help im a newbie kinda know nothing about computers!

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#1
September 21, 2009 at 15:48:29
Apparently you need a regular XP CD, or a Recovery disk that came with the computer titled
"Re-installation CD Windows XP Home Edition", or simliar.

If you don't have that you could borrow one from a friend - it doesn't have to be XP Home as long as it's a bootable XP CD.

I found this on the web, modified it a bit.

"An NTLDR is compressed error is pretty easy to fix (much better then NTLDR is missing errors!).

First you need to boot to the Recovery Console.

To boot to the recovery console follow these steps:

1. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer. Click(or press any key) to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive when you are prompted."

E.g. You'll see "Press any key to boot from CD" or similar, or
"Press (specific key) to boot from CD" or similar.

Press the key while that's still on the screen - typically you must do that within 5 seconds.

(If you don't see anything like that, see BELOW. )


Files will load from the Windows CD for a few minutes.

"2. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console."


3. Setup will then look for existing Windows installations - there will be a number, for a location on the harddriv, for each Windows installtion it finds.

Usually it finds only one.
1.C:\Windows

or in the case of some Gateway systems with XP on them

1.C:\WINNT

When prompted type 1, press Enter.

4. When you are prompted for the .....Administrator Password:

- if there are no asterisks - "stars" - **'s - the uppercase of 8 on your keyboard - there is no password - just press Enter.

(usually there's no password)

- if there ARE asterisks, the password is the same one used when you boot your computer into Safe mode and log on as Administrator - the case of characters is important - e.g. whether they are upper or lower case - then type Enter.

"5. Now you should be at the command prompt, and you're ready to repair the ntldr file!

Now all you need to do is enter the following commands (in order) and each command on a new line just like you see them here: "

(press Enter after typing each of these)

cd \
attrib -c ntldr
exit


"Your computer should now reboot, and everything "should" work! "
.......

BELOW

The CD you use must be bootable - if it is, if you try it on another computer, you will see a line prompting you to press a key to boot from the CD, if the boot order settings in the bios Setup settings on the other computer are correct.

The boot order settings in your own bios Setup settings must list a CD drive or similar before (above) any hard drive. It doesn't have to be listed first - if the compuiter has a floppy drive, that should be listed first.

If you have more than one CD or DVD drive, many bioses will only boot a bootable CD from one of them. In that case, try inserting the Windows CD in a different driven, then booting the computer.

If you need to change boot order settings....

You'll see a prompt while booting "Press F2 to enter Setup" or similar - if you see that, press that key while that message is still on the screen, or tap that key right after the mboard beeps once.

If you changed settiings, Save the settings when you exit the bios Setup.
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#2
September 21, 2009 at 17:26:51
ok will try that but ill need a bootable xp cd....my other computer is a gateway and I think it s all on a dvd....not sure if I can reuse it for another computer that isnt gateway? cause I know it install all (screen and drviers for the gateway i got....) lemme know if u think I can reuse that one (the gateway installation dvd) for the other one and ill give it a try!
thanks for your help

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#3
September 21, 2009 at 22:15:39
I checked on the Gateway site.

702GE Support
http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/3...

It appears, at least for the 702GE, the DVD is a Recovery DVD only. It can wipe out everything on the original hard drive and re-install it , but it cannot be used as an XP CD (or DVD).
http://support.gateway.com/s/SOFTWA...

Why is it most people who have brand name systems never seem to know anyone who has a generic system, who would probably have a regular Windows CD??

I don't have any brand name systems, at least, not ones I use regularly, and about half the people I know have generic systems.

Do you know anyone who has a Dell computer??
At least some of them come with a disk titled:
"Re-installation CD Windows XP Home Edition", or simliar.

Or a HP or Compaq computer??
At least some of them come with a CD titled:
"Operating System CD - Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2" or similar.
........

I also don't understand why people who sell brand name computers rarely seem to provide the Recovery disk or disks that came with the computer to the buyer. True Recovery disks are usually useless for other computers, unless they're the same model or in a small group of models made about the same time. That's as dumb as selling a car and not including the jack!
......

You may be able to buy a Recovery DVD or a set of Recovery disks for the 702GE from the Gateway site. If you can, it's /they're usually under $50, including shipping. You may need to supply a more specific model or serial number that's on a label on the outside of the case when you order it / them. .


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#4
September 22, 2009 at 12:55:58
well I feel the same way...I ll never buy again gateway...I just feel i got ripped or something (like im obliged to use their stuff and only their stuff or something..) Well ur explanation were clear...gotta find a recovery cd then Ill try what u mention....Ill be back in a few days then...thanks

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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