Posted 12 August 2007 - 10:44 PM
I installed Vista Ultimate on my friend's laptop about 2 or 3 weeks ago, and until today, he had no problems. He called me earlier today asking me why when he started up his computer, it showed the usual "VAIO" for the post, and as soon as that goes away, instead of the common "Boot mgr is missing" error, he got "Boot mgr is compressed" and the usual Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart. I had him go into Bios and reset factory defaults for boot, and made sure that there were no disks in the drive (he only has a CD drive, no floppy drive). I also had him check to make sure that the internal HDD was the primary boot device.
I'm certainly not the best with computers, but I do know a bit about them, but this is beyond what I can do. I've had him try everything that I can think of, and unless I'm completly missing something obvious, I'm going to have to reinstall vista. I looked up some information about the "boot mgr is missing" error, and it was suggested to start re-installing Vista but instead of installing, just repair. I dont know if that will format the hard drive or not because on my computer, if I have a problem big enough that it requires a reformat, I completly format it. If I have to reinstall, its no big deal, but I would like to avoid that if at all possible.