How did you add SATA support to your XP install?
It's not automatic, and well discussed so I'll stop here on that topic.
As to the BootMGR, if the factory restore from hard disk is wiped out, why didn't you
a. erase the drive with DBAN to force the rewrite of the boot manager?
b. use restore media?
Wisdom needed in regards to a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. The question has been asked many times about a black screen with a white blinking cursor when you boot up. I have tried all tips posted on just about every web site know to man kind and still have the same problem.
I have run all tests and have past with no errors, I have reinstalled window 7 however when it goes to restart on installation it will reboot and again stop at black screen with cursor. I have formatted all drives prior to installation except the X: drive because it pops up write protected. I have tried to install windows 7 on both the c: and d: drives still won't boot into windows.
I have also tried to install Windows XP but that won't install at all, it will stop at a blue screen saying run ckdisk. Tried Windows Vista when that reboots same as Windows 7, black screen with cursor.
I have no clue what to do next, wisdom needed....