Hello Good Folk,
Extremely gutted to have to seek help with what was once a perfectly good laptop... then after collecting it from my daughters bedroom its not behaving!
Windows XP Media Centre Edition 2005
Just replaced the keyboard after dropping a glass of wine on it one evening....
the laptop survived the wine and was working perfectly well with a remote keyboard. I got fed up with fighting over the keyboard with the rest of the family and didn't use the lap top for a few months while I waited (VERY) patiently for my new keyboard to arrive. Fitted it and was chuffed to bits - a great laptop - though needed to get a battery as this one is dead in the water. Have been using it for a couple of weeks with the power cable while Battery is on order... yawn
Anyway.. fetched my beloved loyal and forgiving laptop from my daughters room one evening and on powering up it went straight into Advent System Recovery...
It's 'protected' by PC Angel.
I chose Non-Destructive System Recovery ~ next
The message window stated "Windows XP has its own built-in repair features such as the System Restore and driver roll-back capabilities. If you have not already tried these features lease run them before continuing with this system recovery."
Now I have no idea... I'm thinking no - I haven't run them but have no clue without instruction how to do that from this stage - I was after all bought here without choice.
It continues "Do you want to continue with System Recovery?".. being cautions I said No..
Next message gave the option to either continue with system recovery, restart with Windows System Restore or go back to first message... I clicked Restart with Windows System Restore and was taken to NTLDR is compressed - press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart... so I did... and it took me back to NTLDR is compressed - press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart - and the story goes on... and on..CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart
Eventually I found out that if I press F10 on reboot I get back to "Advent System Recovery". This time I said Yes to "Do you want to continue with System Recovery?". As I remember it indicated some file movement.. but took me straight back to NTLDR is compressed - press CTRL+ALT+DEL.
In frustration I seem to remember taking it back to "Advent System Recovery" and clicking on "System Recovery - No Format" and thought it'd be ok as it stated no files would be lost but some applications would need to be re-installed.. I did that twice I think - and don't want to do it again as I'm sure I read it can
damage my files. Would clearly like to keep them as I'm one of those idiots who don't think of backing up until its too late (just had to replace hardrive on daughters laptop! - hence her using mine)
Over the last two nights I have tried a number of command prompts (after googling and Alt+D) but nothing has worked... I have, after all, no idea what I'm doing.
This is what I have tried:
The text in command prompt is c:\minint\system32>
I then entered:"dir ntldr" and got:
Volume in drive C is RECOVERY
Volume Serial Number is 73E1-7A9C
Directory of c:\minint\system32
File Not Found
After googling some more I worked out that I had to try to fix ntldr in the operating system partition not the recovery partition (C:). I entered "D:" (please don't ask me why... I seem to remember trying all letters in the alphabet to see if I'd get a result!)
with the command prompt "D:\>" I then entered "cd \windows\system32"
at "D:\WINDOWS\system32>" I entered "compact ntldr /u h:\ntldrexit"
Uncompressing files in D:\WINDOWS\system32\
Uncompressing files in d:\
0 files within 2 directories were uncompressed.
Tried a number if times....
Also tried the "attrib -c c:\ntldr" but kept getting "invalid switch - -c" so abandoned that one as I couldn't work out which 'switch' would be valid for uncompressing....
So... I typed exit - powered off and drank more wine... away from all computers in sight....
Any ideas how I can revive my old faithful? Talking to it under the influence just doesn't cut it....
Help much appreciated!