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#1 kytydad

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 11:33 AM

Hello i recently did a non destructive xp window reinstall to fix an issue i was having. Everything seemed to have worked except that now i get a message during startup that says master boot record error press any key to continue. after i press a key the computer starts up fine and i haven't noticed anything wrong with it. I went into my recovery console and typed fixmbr and it said it wrote a new mbr but i still get the same master boot record on startup. any ideas? thanks.

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 11:44 AM

did you take out the cd?
Annnnd you're, asking, me...

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 11:47 AM

Did you try fixboot?

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 09:32 AM

i don't have a cd. The recovery console is on a partition on the hard drive.
and what is bootfix?

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 12:20 PM

fixboot is a command u give in recovery console

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 08:13 PM

okay i tried fixboot in the recovery console and it said it wrote a new boot sector, but when i start up it still gives me the master boot record error message.

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 09:48 PM

Have you changed the hard disks recently? Have you changed the boot order preference in the system BIOS?

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 09:26 AM

i haven't changed hard drives and i don't even know how to change boot order preference in the system BIOS.

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 02:36 PM

Do you have any other disks/drives connected to your computer like optical disk or USB discs? Disconnect them before booting if yes.
Go to System BIOS after turning on computer (by pressing Del, F1, F2, F10 etc) and change the boot order. Select your hard disk as the first boot device and save.

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 08:20 PM

okay it's fixed. I do have a external usb hard drive and my computer was apparently trying to boot off that drive. i diconnected my external drive and selected my computers drive in the bios menu and my computer booted up fine, however when i plugged my external drive back in i got the error again. So i went back into the bios again, this time with the external drive still plugged in and changed the boot drive order and that seems to have fixed the problem. Thank you!!

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 04:52 AM

You're welcome :thumbsup:

Edited by Romeo29, 30 September 2009 - 04:53 AM.





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