Posted 18 February 2011 - 10:02 AM
This is really frustrating. (Everyone's heard that one before) My laptop is a Toshiba M35 S320 running XP Pro, SP2. I have my valid disk and reformatted and reinstalled yesterday. I then spent several hours installing Office 2003 Pro, all critical updates, and my other software. After dinner, I tried to turn on the laptop and received the following message:
NTLDR is missing
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart.
After googling and searching various topics, I tried to follow these steps:
If you get the "NTLDR is Missing" error, follow these instructions:
1. Load Windows XP CD into CD drive.
2. Make sure BIOS is set to boot to CD drive.
3. Boot the computer from CD.
4. At menu, press "R" to load Recovery Console.
5. Select the installation to be fixed.
*The following instructions assume CD-ROM is labeled as drive D and the hard drive partition the windows installation is on is labeled as drive C. Replace the letters accordingly.
6. Type "COPY D:\i386\ntldr C:\" and press ENTER.
7. Type "COPY D:\i386\ntdetect.com C:\" and press ENTER.
8. Remove CD and type "EXIT" and press ENTER (to reboot your computer).
With the CD in place, I detect the ROM drive spinning and the "press any key to boot from CD...." appears. I press enter and very quickly I see a flash which says something like "Setup is inspecting...". I can't read the whole thing. It is gone too quickly. At that point, the screen goes black, the fan runs, and nothing. There is no CD ROM activity, nor is there any hard drive activity according to the little light.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.