Press A Key To Reboot

November 25, 2009 at 11:01:41
Specs: Windows XP
When I start my computer it seems to run through its POST just fine and then it comes to a screen that asks if I want to start where the last known good Windows XP configuration was. So I press a key and it continued to start. I finally got tired of doing that so I copied all my files onto an external hard drive in order to delete my two virtual drives and then the partition. So I deleted my D & E drives which left me with just the C drive. I then proceeded to delete the C drive partition which, of course, rendered it inactive. The computer immediately tried to restart and it went through part of the POST. It didn't show the CD or DVD roms until I hit F1 when it was booting up. It does recognize that there are one CD RW ROM, a DVD ROM, and a DVD RW ROM. If I just restart the computer and let it do it's POST, it will eventually come to a black screen that says "Press A Key To Reboot" That is all the computer will do because as soon as I press a key it will restart the computer and arrive at that same screen again. Windows XP never starts; even when I have the original boot disk in the CD drive, it will not boot off the Windows XP CD. I didn't have any problems with any of this until the Service Pack 3 was installed. It may be a coincidence but before that, I had no trouble if I needed to re-format my hard drive. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this problem? Thanks.

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#1
November 25, 2009 at 11:09:11
How did you delete the C partition? Have you set the CD/DVD drive to first boot device in the BIOS?

LIR


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#2
November 25, 2009 at 11:20:25
I went into the administrative tools in the Control panel and went into the storage drives where I had my hard drive partitioned and had two virtual drives I created. I right clicked on the virtual drives first and deleted them before I went to the C drive and deleted the partition it had

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#3
November 25, 2009 at 12:51:02
bakedude
You deleted the OS boot partition which means the hard drive can't boot.

You need to reinstall which means you need to follow Jennifer's last sentence.


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#4
November 25, 2009 at 13:13:33
Or you take your alternative booting device, and you format C: drive, then boot computer with original Windows CD in drive. That's it.

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#5
November 25, 2009 at 16:24:05
Ok, I realize I deleted the OS boot partition. I already tried to make the CD/DVD the first boot device in the BIOS. It still doesn't want to boot from any of my ROM drives (CD or DVD). I cannot boot off of ANY alternative device to re-format. A friend of mine suggested that I get an .iso file from a website called gparted which is supposed to create, reorganize and delete disk partitions. My friend said it would not only wipe my drive clean, but it would also put a "miniature" version of Windows XP on the hard drive with enough files so it would boot up and then I would be able to put my Original Windows XP disk in the CD or DVD ROM drive and install the OS. So I burned that .iso file to a disc and tried that and it still didn't work. I appreciate the help you guys have offered, but it still isn't working. I'm still open for more ideas. This situation really sucks!!

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