NTLDR is missing

Acer Aspire t160 desktop
January 25, 2010 at 08:34:06
Specs: Windows XP SP2, 126 MB Intel Pentium
I get this error, but not booting up normally. I get it when choosing 'Acer Recovery console' during bootup. Booting up normally works fine for now but eventually i'll need to factory restore.

I was never given a recovery disk, for XP nor for Acer, and the Recovery Console worked before.

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January 25, 2010 at 09:19:51
You need more RAM. Is 126MB the correct amount? If so, that's pathetic in this day & age. XP must run extremely poorly. Your board can handle up to 4GB of PC3200 (DDR400), 1GB per slot. Do yourself a favor & add at least 1GB.


Here's a bunch of info about your system:




And here's a link about the 'NTLDR is missing' error message:


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January 25, 2010 at 09:43:34
Check Youtube for "NTLDR", you will have a massive hitcount, since this kind of issue is very common, but with lots of different causes.

Or, check the Windows help pages, they should have a nice documented procedure, to go through anything that may be the cause of this.

Bad news is that in the worst case, you may lose all data on your C-drive. In the best case, it's a 60-second fix and no data loss whatsoever.

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February 1, 2010 at 00:48:35
Well the thing is, most people usually have this problem booting their regular XP, which I can do. I just can't boot the recovery console, I checked the path in msconfig and it told me it wasn't a bootable operating system and checking the cmdcons folder, it's somewhat empty. I don't really know if all of this is normal or not but, I'm assuming something is broken, probably from a previous virus attack.

Thing of it is, like I said, I never got an XP disk, so I can't reinstall the recovery console.

Oh, and as for the RAM, I'm using about 1.5 gigs, I don't know where the 126 megs came from.

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