in a drive.
Do you have a floppy or something in a drive?
Since you're trying to install, go into set-up & choose "Set-up Defauls" or "Restore Defaults" then change just the boot order, Save to CMOS & exit.
Format or overwrite the HD & retry the Windows install. Make sure to delete any partitions before the format - You can re-create them later.
I have a custom built computer that has been running flawlessly for over a year. Recently it was slowing down and crashing every once in a while, so I decided to reformat. I set BIOS to "boot from CD" first, then restarted and placed the Windows XP Pro SP2 installation cd in. It took me through a blue-screen menu, I pressed enter to setup windows. From there, I deleted everything on the hard drive, and created a 15 gb NTFS partition on my 120 gb SATA hard drive. This finished in about 5 minutes, and next there was another bar that said something about preparing files maybe, I don't remember. I walked out of the room and when I came back in, my computer was running but the monitors were in sleep mode (turned on but no signal). I restarted the computer, and it came up "OC Fail, change BIOS OC Fail Settings", or something of that sort. I have had my settings on "turbo" for months now with no problem, but maybe the XP install did something? So, I turned my tweak settings from "turbo" to "cruise" (low) and restarted. That message disappeared, and my startup now showed "boot from cd... press any key to continue" and the next line is "NTLDR is missing press ctrl+alt+del to restart" At that point my computer is frozen, the control alt delete doesn't reset anything and the computer is hung up. I searched NTLDR on google and found some things, but they all require you to create a boot floppy or replace files. I do not have a floppy drive in my computer, only a CD drive, and I can't get past the error message to do anything.. I can only go into BIOS or wait for the error to come up... PLEASE HELP!!!
Intel 640 3.2ghz processor
1 gig Kingston Hyper-X RAM
Dual 17" Viewsonic LCD monitors
BFG Tech GeForce 6800 OC 256mb PCI-Express video card
Windows XP SP2