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NTLDR is missing Press control alt delete to restart

Discussion in 'Notebooks' started by Roy, May 9, 2010.

  1. Roy

    Roy Flightless Bird

    Recently a former workmate called me as he was having with his Lenovo
    netbook as he kept getting this"NTLDR is missing Press control alt
    delete to restart"

    After doing the cntr alt del for a few times and it kept reverting
    back, I told him that might be the NTLDR file is corrupted that he
    have repair it by inserting the winxp cd...
    But he told me that he did it but got stymied as before the XP logo
    can materialize he is requested to press F3... theproblem is he can't
    read the details as its in chinese.....( he bought the unit in
    Shanghai during his trip a few months ago)......

    I would like to ask if you were asked for this situation what would be
    your recommendation..
    BTW
    He tried to change the boot seting in bios by..... boot from other
    such as network but it won't work , from his hard drive it won't work
    and the last recourse from the bootable cd which only increased his
    difficulty....

    Roy
     
  2. BillW50

    BillW50 Flightless Bird

    In news:85fea86a-3ca4-4290-9caf-812e61fcaf22@6g2000prg.googlegroups.com,
    Roy typed on Sun, 9 May 2010 15:43:03 -0700 (PDT):
    > Recently a former workmate called me as he was having with his Lenovo
    > netbook as he kept getting this"NTLDR is missing Press control alt
    > delete to restart"
    >
    > After doing the cntr alt del for a few times and it kept reverting
    > back, I told him that might be the NTLDR file is corrupted that he
    > have repair it by inserting the winxp cd...
    > But he told me that he did it but got stymied as before the XP logo
    > can materialize he is requested to press F3... theproblem is he can't
    > read the details as its in chinese.....( he bought the unit in
    > Shanghai during his trip a few months ago)......
    >
    > I would like to ask if you were asked for this situation what would be
    > your recommendation..
    > BTW
    > He tried to change the boot seting in bios by..... boot from other
    > such as network but it won't work , from his hard drive it won't work
    > and the last recourse from the bootable cd which only increased his
    > difficulty....
    >
    > Roy


    Sounds like it is a Windows 2000 or XP system. That error is common when
    the MBR can't find the boot files. You need the following files in the
    root directory of the boot partition (the one set to active). And these
    are:

    boot.ini
    NTDETECT.COM
    ntldr

    That boot.ini can be edited with a text editor. And the file will not be
    found on an install disc, but created when Windows installs itself.

    And if you did borrow an English Windows install disc, I hear tell that
    the key only works for the one language anyway. Let alone the difference
    between OEM and retail keys.

    I dunno. If it were me, I'd dump that Chinese version and get an English
    version either OEM or retail. Here is one for $44.99. I never bought
    anything from this guy. But he has been selling them for a number of
    years now. Or try eBay or something if you want to get rid of the
    Chinese version.

    Windows XP Pro SP3 Full Version 32 bit Download
    http://www.shoppalstores.com/softwareiq/index.cfm/fa/items.main/parentcat/29815/subcatid/0/id/412076

    --
    Bill
    Gateway M465e ('06 era) - Windows XP SP3
     
  3. John Doue

    John Doue Flightless Bird

    On 5/10/2010 1:43 AM, Roy wrote:
    > Recently a former workmate called me as he was having with his Lenovo
    > netbook as he kept getting this"NTLDR is missing Press control alt
    > delete to restart"
    >
    > After doing the cntr alt del for a few times and it kept reverting
    > back, I told him that might be the NTLDR file is corrupted that he
    > have repair it by inserting the winxp cd...
    > But he told me that he did it but got stymied as before the XP logo
    > can materialize he is requested to press F3... theproblem is he can't
    > read the details as its in chinese.....( he bought the unit in
    > Shanghai during his trip a few months ago)......
    >
    > I would like to ask if you were asked for this situation what would be
    > your recommendation..
    > BTW
    > He tried to change the boot seting in bios by..... boot from other
    > such as network but it won't work , from his hard drive it won't work
    > and the last recourse from the bootable cd which only increased his
    > difficulty....
    >
    > Roy

    First, try booting from a USB boot disk or diskette. The goal is editing
    the boot.ini file which is probably pointing to the wrong location.

    A basic boot.ini file looks like this:

    [boot loader]
    timeout=5
    Default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\windows
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\windows="Microsoft WINDOWS"

    The problem area in the number in () after partition (twice in the
    file). Those two numbers *must* match (except in very specific
    configurations) and then be correct.

    If one set of number does not work, try another, starting from 1 and
    going up (zero does not work AFAIK). No point going over 3 usually since
    the boot partition is seldom other than 1 or 2 in standard configurations.

    If the problem is not solved this way, I would recommend making a Hiren
    CD (http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd) which has a collection of
    indispensable tools. But their use requires a modicum of experience and
    .... care since they usually are powerful and provide little guidance.

    Good luck.

    --
    John Doue
     
  4. Roy

    Roy Flightless Bird

    Re: NTLDR is missing Press control alt delete to restart

    On 10 Mayo, 08:14, "BillW50" <Bill...@aol.kom> wrote:
    > Innews:85fea86a-3ca4-4290-9caf-812e61fcaf22@6g2000prg.googlegroups.com,
    > Roy typed on Sun, 9 May 2010 15:43:03 -0700 (PDT):
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > Recently a former workmate called me as he was having with his Lenovo
    > > netbook as he kept getting this"NTLDR is missing  Press control alt
    > > delete to restart"

    >
    > > After doing the cntr alt del for a few times and it kept reverting
    > > back, I told him that might be the NTLDR file is corrupted that he
    > > have  repair it by inserting the winxp cd...
    > > But he told me that he did it but got stymied as before the  XP logo
    > > can materialize he is requested to press F3... theproblem is he can't
    > > read the details as its in chinese.....( he bought the unit in
    > > Shanghai during his trip a few months ago)......

    >
    > > I would like to ask if you were asked for this situation what would be
    > > your recommendation..
    > > BTW
    > > He tried to change the boot seting in bios by..... boot from other
    > > such as network but it won't work , from his hard drive it won't work
    > > and the last recourse from the bootable cd which only increased his
    > > difficulty....

    >
    > > Roy

    >
    > Sounds like it is a Windows 2000 or XP system. That error is common when
    > the MBR can't find the boot files. You need the following files in the
    > root directory of the boot partition (the one set to active). And these
    > are:
    >
    > boot.ini
    > NTDETECT.COM
    > ntldr
    >
    > That boot.ini can be edited with a text editor. And the file will not be
    > found on an install disc, but created when Windows installs itself.
    >
    > And if you did borrow an English Windows install disc, I hear tell that
    > the key only works for the one language anyway. Let alone the difference
    > between OEM and retail keys.
    >
    > I dunno. If it were me, I'd dump that Chinese version and get an English
    > version either OEM or retail. Here is one for $44.99. I never bought
    > anything from this guy. But he has been selling them for a number of
    > years now. Or try eBay or something if you want to get rid of the
    > Chinese version.
    >
    > Windows XP Pro SP3 Full Version 32 bit Downloadhttp://www.shoppalstores.com/softwareiq/index.cfm/fa/items.main/paren...
    >
    > --
    > Bill
    > Gateway M465e ('06 era) - Windows XP SP3- Itago ang tekstong may panipi -
    >

    First, try booting from a USB boot disk or diskette. The goal is
    editing
    the boot.ini file which is probably pointing to the wrong location.

    A basic boot.ini file looks like this:


    [boot loader]
    timeout=5
    Default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\windows
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\windows="Microsoft WINDOWS"


    The problem area in the number in () after partition (twice in the
    file). Those two numbers *must* match (except in very specific
    configurations) and then be correct.


    If one set of number does not work, try another, starting from 1 and
    going up (zero does not work AFAIK). No point going over 3 usually
    since
    the boot partition is seldom other than 1 or 2 in standard
    configurations.


    If the problem is not solved this way, I would recommend making a
    Hiren
    CD (http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd) which has a collection of
    indispensable tools. But their use requires a modicum of experience
    and
    .... care since they usually are powerful and provide little guidance.


    Good luck.

    John Doue


    Thanks Bill and John,,,,,
    The guy just reformatted the netbook disk and loaded it with an
    Englishversion of WinXPSp3....
    Regards
    Roy
     
  5. RnR

    RnR Flightless Bird

    On Sun, 9 May 2010 15:43:03 -0700 (PDT), Roy <roybasan@gmail.com>
    wrote:

    >Recently a former workmate called me as he was having with his Lenovo
    >netbook as he kept getting this"NTLDR is missing Press control alt
    >delete to restart"
    >
    >After doing the cntr alt del for a few times and it kept reverting
    >back, I told him that might be the NTLDR file is corrupted that he
    >have repair it by inserting the winxp cd...
    >But he told me that he did it but got stymied as before the XP logo
    >can materialize he is requested to press F3... theproblem is he can't
    >read the details as its in chinese.....( he bought the unit in
    >Shanghai during his trip a few months ago)......
    >
    >I would like to ask if you were asked for this situation what would be
    >your recommendation..
    >BTW
    >He tried to change the boot seting in bios by..... boot from other
    >such as network but it won't work , from his hard drive it won't work
    >and the last recourse from the bootable cd which only increased his
    >difficulty....
    >
    >Roy


    think recovery console
     

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