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Computer won't boot up

by brownie385 / November 28, 2009 11:14 AM PST

It claims i am missing a file, so i loaded my boot disk in so i could reload xp, but i can't change teh drive letter in dos from a:. I can type in any letter and it says drive invalid. My hard drive is a sata drive i dont think that makes a difference does it? any suggestions would be great.

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What XP Serv. Pk. Level?
by tobeach / November 28, 2009 2:55 PM PST
In reply to: Computer won't boot up

Original (plain) XP didn't know about SATA drives, support for that came w/ SP1a & beyond. I >think< that if slip-streaming XP & SP1 on to a CD and then using that CD to install, it may recognize the SATA drive BUT I'm not positive. Would like to know for sure as I may want to do this myself. Happy

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boot error
by brownie385 / November 28, 2009 3:01 PM PST

I believe its sp2. I cant boot at all tho. When i use the boot disk, the only drive letter i can access in dos is the floppy drive. I cant access anything else, so i cant get to my rom drive to even reinstall.

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BIOS Boot order
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 28, 2009 7:26 PM PST
In reply to: boot error

You will probably need to enter the BIOS when the system first boots, and look for the boot order of the drives. Move the CD ROM drive to the top. Insert the CD, then reboot.

Mark

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boot error
by brownie385 / November 29, 2009 5:02 AM PST
In reply to: BIOS Boot order

i tried to move the boot sequence around to every possible setup and i cant get any of them to work. When there is no boot disk it say <windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe file is mising or corrupt. When i put the boot disk in, it brings up the A: letter, and i can go to the dir on the boot disk, but i cant change teh drive letter to access anything else, the C: drive or D: drive, so i can't get to the install cd now.

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Re: boot
by Kees Bakker / November 29, 2009 5:08 AM PST
In reply to: boot error

If you boot from the Windows XP CD, you shouldn't see a drive letter. Just the setup starting. You only see the a: if you put you happen to boot from a bootable diskette. The latest bootable diskettes from Microsoft were for Windows ME (unless you happen the 6 diskette setup program for Windows XP recovery console, but somehow I don't think so).

So better see you've got a bootable Windows XP SP2 CD and a working CD drive. Then it should work.

Kees

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