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Missing NTLDR file

by cumbele / January 20, 2014 6:34 AM PST

can anyone out there help me I've had two laptops lose the ntldr file just by turning them on. Using windows xp the laptop I'm working now is not even mine, I installed the windows xp it worked fine I installed a Wi-Fi adapter so I download the drivers, I restarted it and I got a NTLDR file is missing. what interesting is that it won't recognized the cd not even using a external dvd/cd drive.
please help. thanks

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Too many times.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 20, 2014 7:40 AM PST
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But there is another reason for that failure which is a BIOS setting. Since I missed if this machine has a SATA HDD and no make or model I can't offer much. Try revealing more and keep in mind there must be a million posts on that error alone. Makes you wonder how Microsoft got a pass from so many.
Bob

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Missing NTLDR
by cumbele / January 20, 2014 7:59 PM PST
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The laptop I'm working on now is a Dell Inspiron E1505, the SATA HDD I don't know how to find that. Hope you
can help me with that. Thanks.

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Let's try a most common setting.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 20, 2014 11:01 PM PST
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One of the more common settings is IDE EMULATION. It has a few names in the BIOS so look for that or SATA "Legacy" or other. If you have a manual with the BIOS screens, I'll look.

XP does not support SATA natively and the error you noted can be provided at demand here by me flipping this setting in the BIOS. Please do not write "I didn't change it." Go find it.

Also, if you repair NTLDR there is a risk you'll damage the OS if it's just this little setting.
Bob

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NTLDR
by cumbele / January 21, 2014 12:51 AM PST

I'm sorry and pardon my ignorance, but can you explain this in a little more comprehensible terms. I didn't
quite understand what you are talking about. Thank you for all of your help

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 21, 2014 12:56 AM PST
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But as XP never supported SATA natively we added that with either a BIOS setting or drivers.

If you can supply a manual with BIOS screens I can be more specific. There's a lot of reasons for XP to end. Your post is sharing one of them.
Bob

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EXAMPLE.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 21, 2014 1:15 AM PST
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ntldr
by psalm147verse3 / January 20, 2014 3:39 PM PST
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I recently restarted my pc as well and this happened. I'm super upset

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can you boot to recovery console?
by James Denison / January 20, 2014 9:44 PM PST
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If so, then at the c:\ prompt, type in FIXBOOT and try it again. If that doesn't do it, then type in FIXMBR and try it again. If you have no recovery console setup, then use the XP install disc to get to a C:\ prompt and do it.

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