When you turn on the computer, its CPU begins to carry out the programming instructions contained in the basic input/output system (BIOS). Boot (i.e. If the master boot record is corrupt, the partition boot sector can't do its job and Windows won't boot. So you will have to replace the drive or install windows from USB! Source
This is from the same drive as the previous picture but I've deleted the partition. Regards Howard Mar 18, 2007 #8 Gititgirl TS Rookie Topic Starter HEre is a linkto my comps model drivers http://support.dell.com/support/dow...M_PNT_P4_CEL_2400&os=WW1&osl=EN&catid=&impid= I have no idea what driver to dl! Before his problems started how many partitions were on his hdd? I assume he thought DBAN just formatted the hdd.
I have tried the MBR fix and several other documented "standard MS" recovery without success. He's as at home using the Linux terminal as he is digging into the Windows registry. Login now. Main Sections Technology News Reviews Features Product Finder Downloads Drivers Community TechSpot Forums Today's Posts Ask a Question News & Comments Useful Resources Best of the Best Must Reads Trending Now
RSS ALL ARTICLES FEATURES ONLY TRIVIA Search How-To Geek What to Do When Windows Won't Boot You turn on your computer one day and Windows refuses to boot -- what Or If using Cable Select, make sure the jumpers on the drive are set correctly and that the boot drive is plugged into the Master plug on the ribbon cable (the This floppy disk can come in handy if the problem is being caused when either the startup record for the active partition or the files that the operating system uses to Windows Xp Won't Start If the system is set to boot from CDs, you may see a startup message saying Press any key to boot from CD....
However, all I'm getting is a too-quick-to-read flash of an error 'Cannot read C:/Windows' I think. Selected Boot Device Not Available Dell That takes the least time to try. ...."i get a invalid boot .ini"That's not a normal error message that you would get when you boot the computer from the Windows CD If your machine came pre-installed with Windows XP and has not had XP Service Packs 1 or 2 applied, you may find that some applications need reinstalling after doing a Repair http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-things-you-can-do-when-windows-xp-wont-boot/ Log in with Facebook Log in with Twitter Log in with Google Your name or email address: Do you already have an account?
Here you should see your na listed and showing Disabled, Connected or Network cable unplugged. Windows Xp Won't Start In Safe Mode Mar 18, 2007 #15 howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177 +19 No problem, I`m glad we could help. Next we can use the Partition Editor program in Parted Magic called GParted to see if the partitions are showing up properly. Do NOT press a key to boot from CD when that message appears.
In addition, System Restore is configured by default to create restore points every 24 hours. http://help.it.ox.ac.uk/helpcentre/troubleshooting/winxp/ When it does restart and finish installing xp, I go in to manually configure the connection, I have high speed, (it says its already configured for highspeed) but it still says Windows Xp Won't Boot From Cd solved Won't let me reset or even re-install windows cause my hard drive isn't in GPT format or something My external disk drive works on my laptop(windows 7)But it won't recognize Selected Boot Device Not Available Usb I made all the firmware-bios upgrqde, and check man time the boot parameters.
Modern versions of Windows are better at recovering from this sort of thing. http://softwaresecurityengineering.com/windows-xp/installing-xp.html Its def something I havent tried yet. USAFRetJul 3, 2013, 8:40 PM samm986 said: What do you mean by "boot on dvd before HD"? To begin, insert the Windows XP CD into the drive, restart your system, and boot from the CD. Selected Boot Device Not Available Windows 7
You may find it requires several restart attempts to get this menu to come up. Download the recommended video adapter driver. It is also often changed by malware. have a peek here The first set of startup instructions is the Power On Self Test (POST).
A progres bar appeared which lasted for about 40mins...Anway, to cut to the quick, Windows 7 loaded up and his system is up and running, but that doesn't answer my original Windows Xp Startup Repair Onboard or USB Floppy Drive (not present) 3. I've already lost access to all my files on the computer (cant log in) but now I cant even use the computer because Windows XP wont re install.
share|improve this answer answered Jan 24 '12 at 17:52 Austin V 16 Thanks! Why PC Games Struggle With Alt+Tab and How to Fix it Why We Hate Recommending Software Downloads To Our Readers Should You Buy a Chromebook? Off-Topic Tags How-tos Drivers Ask a Question Computing.NetForumsWindows XPInstallation cannot boot from cd to reinstall xp Tags:Dell / 2400 XPreinstall kenny smitty July 8, 2011 at 20:01:37 Specs: Windows XP , Windows Xp Startup Repair Without Disk i am trying to install it from scratch.
Windows XP Home on a Dimension 2400. I have the disk and case. If you are able to install the latest XP service pack prior to doing a Repair Install, you may may prevent this problem. Check This Out To perform a Repair Installation: If at all possible, first make a backup copy of your own files if you don't already have one.
Just in case the install was bad I formatted the drive again and let it copy the files but the same thing happened on restart. Computing.Net and Purch hereby disclaim all responsibility and liability for the content of Computing.Net and its accuracy. Facebook Google+ Twitter YouTube Subscribe to TechSpot RSS Get our weekly newsletter Search TechSpot Trending Hardware The Web Culture Mobile Gaming Apple Microsoft Google Reviews Graphics Laptops Smartphones CPUs Storage Cases Daveh.
Your hdd is currently your first boot device. Mar 17, 2007 #1 GeorgeEO TS Rookie You should first check to see if your network adapter(na) is setup and configured properly. I usually look for bad sectors "Reallocated Sector Count" represented by the raw value of attribute ID 5 (and C5 to a lesser extent).