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Hello! I?ve got a problem starting up XP. A message tells me it can?t find the OP. At the same time the discdrive keeps making the sound of searching for a disk. I?d like to try to put in a backup systemdisc and see if it will start from it.
The problem is that I cant find any instructions how to make one. Do you know?


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With the limited information you supplied....

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I can only guess that the computer has lost its ability to boot from the hard drive and is looking for either a floppy or CD from which to boot. Your inital course of action is to boot from your XP cd, and choose a repair install or use of the Recovery Console.

Note that all data not saved to an external media is now in danger of being lost. Below is a link regarding multiple ways of repairing XP:

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Firstly make sure in your bios that you are booting from your hard disk first and your CD or floopy second.
If your bios is set to boot from your hard disk and you still get the same problem then it sounds like you may have hard disk problems. while you are in the bios have a look to see if your hard disk is being recognised. If your hard disk is not being recognised in your bios it indicates problems with the hard disk or its connections - if so get back to me.
but if your HD is being reconised then it maybe just a corrupt boot sector or a missing systems file which can be fix.
There is many ways to fix these problem but the simplest in your case would be to pit your winxp instalation disk in your CDROM - just put the CD in and reboot and it will have a look at your system and hopefully diagnose the problem and offer you some solutions - try this first. If you dont boot into your CD you may have to go back to your bios and change things so that you boot to your CDROM first

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