I have been reading this forum for quite some time and have had amazing help in the past. I was wondering if anyone could help with my current situation.
I own a Toshiba laptop that is running Windows XP. The laptop is about 5 years old but was running in great condition as it is only used for the basics such as internet surfing, downloading pictures, writing on word, web cam conferencing, and phone calls.
Yesterday, when it was time to shut down my computer there was an automatic update icon on the shut down icon. Per usual, I clicked it and went to bed. When I woke up in the morning and turned on my computer, it would not load up the XP sign in screen at all. Instead, a black screen appeared which read something like:
System 32 isn't working so it can't set up windows...need cd-rom starter and put it in, then press "R".
My system is a Japanese OS. Although my translation is not the exact wording as it may say on an English OS, the meaning should be similar.
The problem is that I cannot locate my cd-rom.
Can I use someone else's xp cd-rom or am I in the same boat as sina518? Do I have to venture in the unknown with Linux because I don't have any fund for a new cd?
If not, is all my information lost that is on the hard drive or can it somehow be retrieved?
What may my options be?
Thanks For Your Possible Help,
Edited by cfs, 28 January 2008 - 01:03 PM.