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#1 rattletrap

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 01:48 PM

2006 vintage DELL M140 laptop windows XP

The other night upon shutdown and restart, computer would not reboot. Powers, just no re-boot to windows. Try again and get message "NTLDR is compressed" Search site and internet, find some things to try including the one from Microsoft.

I have computer set to CD drive as #1
I have restore disk in CD
I can get to the recovery console and:

c:\windows
entered "CD" (less "")
entered ren ntldr ntldr.old (after hitting enter, system indicates "the system cannot find the file or directory specified"

and that is where I am trying to fix this beast. In order to move on with the instructions, this file must be found.

any help would be appreciated

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 04:44 PM

From what I see, the M140 employs a restore/recovery partition...as well as any disks that you may have. Your disk is not necessarily equal to a Microsoft XP install CD, therefore any instructions for solving problems using a MS install CD...may not necessarily work when trying such with something other than the prescribed CD.

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os/f/3524/t/17832897.aspx

Exactly what Microsoft instructions...were you attempting to follow?

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 05:59 PM

did you enter "CD" or "CD\"? if you just entered cd without the backslash it would have stayed in the Windows directory and been unable to find the file.

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 06:43 PM

did you enter "CD" or "CD\"? if you just entered cd without the backslash it would have stayed in the Windows directory and been unable to find the file.


Good eye, my error as I did not see that and forgot to enter that. OK, so I tried again and got past that point. Next instruction is to enter:

expand D:\i386\ntldr._

I entered that and get the same result " the system cannot find the file or directory specified"

I tried again only LEFT out the space between expand and "D" and get this response "the command is not recognized, type help for a list of supported commands"



Evisently, once I can expand that command line, I can type exit and restart computer.

Thanks so far!

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 06:55 PM

Ok, one thought here is that your CD drive is not the d: drive on your system. If your hard drive has a partition(manufacturers often put in recover partition) your CD drive may have a different letter like E: instead of D:, so it may take changing your command to: expand E:\i386\ntldr._ or whatever drive letter your CD Drive is.

Edited by PolaBar, 09 December 2010 - 06:56 PM.


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Posted 09 December 2010 - 07:24 PM

Here is what it indicates when I typed MAP

? FAT 39MB \device\harddisk0\partition1
C: NTFS 70080MB \device\harddisk0\partition2
E: FAT32 4754MB \device\harddisk0\partition3
D: \device\CdRom0



Now, after doing this, I am getting the following:

PBR 2...done
NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to start

That is different than what I was getting when all it said was "NTLDR is compressed"

Again, thanks!!

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 09:06 PM

Ok, your CD is D:, so command should have been correct. The reason NTLDR is missing now is because you renamed the original (when you did the "ren ntldr ntldr.old")
and then the expand command failed to execute to creat the new one from the CD.

First I would try the "expand D:\i386\ntldr._" step again just to make sure it wasn't just a typo or something that caused it to fail.

This time though try: expand d:\i386\ntldr._ c:\ntldr note there is a space between the underscore and the c:\ntldr

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 07:31 AM

OK, tried both and get the same result "the system cannot find the file or directory specified"

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 10:51 AM

Ok, back to recovery console again,
try:
cd\
copy d:\i386\ntldr c:

if you see message "1 file copied", exit then reboot (without recovery cd in the drive)

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 11:17 AM

OK, did that and YES, it did copy as you indicate

I 'exit' then reboot (without cd in)

(keep in mind my bootable is still set at CD drive as #1) ( should this still be the case?)

I now get:

PBR 2...done
NTLDR is compressed
press ctrl=alt=del to restart

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 11:26 AM

Recovery console again:

cd\
attrib -c \ntldr

try reboot again without CD

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 12:40 PM

OK, did that.

Rebooting, for just a flash second, I can see the screen that always gave me the error and all it says now is PBR 2...done and that screen goes away immediately and brings me to the next screen which is:


Select the operating system to start:

windows XP
Microsoft windows recovery console
Windows XP media center edition

I tried the windows XP and the next screen came up and was all black and nothing happened further.

Keep in mind I still have bootable set to CD as #1

Edited by rattletrap, 10 December 2010 - 12:43 PM.


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Posted 10 December 2010 - 01:03 PM

You can keep the CD set as boot #1, as long as there is no CD in it the computer will go to the next option which should be your hard drive.

Can you boot into safe mode? (keep tapping f8 as the computer is booting to bring up the boot options menu)

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 02:05 PM

Yes, that screen comes up with many choices to choose from including safe mode

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 02:09 PM

Use the up/down arrow keys to select safe mode, hit enter and see if it will boot from there.




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