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#1 petocities

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Posted 20 April 2007 - 04:37 PM

I was installing some programs, and everything was fine until I installed limewire (latest version). It started downloading java, and then windows started installing some patches. After the download was complete, the liewire instalation program was interrupted due to the windows one. The computer froze, so i had to reboot.

Now, before loading windows, it shows a message telling to "select proper boot device, or reboot and select proper boot media device" or so (don't remember the actual phrase, but its basically that).
I tried to run the comp. in safe mode, but of course, it doesn't work cuz it doesn't run windows. I tried to boot from my windows install cd, but it doesnt work (it just shows a while line flashing, matrix style) and waits forever.

I'm running a celeron 2.6 512 ram with windows XP SP2 recently formatted and reinstalled. It run a couple of times before, I installed some software before this happening (like magiciso and magicdisk, office 2007, msn, itunes). If anybody got a clue on how to solve this, I will gladly appreciate it.
More Info that may help:
- I have just one HD, ata
- I have an NVIDIA chipset

Thanks in advance guys.

Edited by petocities, 20 April 2007 - 04:41 PM.

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#2 Beelzibub

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Posted 20 April 2007 - 09:57 PM

boot off of the windows cd. on the first screen choose "r" for repair. when the screen goes black log onto the c:windows partition and type "fixboot" without the quotes. type "y" to write a new boot sector. then type chkdsk /r then type exit and reboot the machine. if you still cant boot, get back into the recovery console, log onto your partition and type fixmbr --- be sure to back up any important data b4 you do fixmbr as it rarely hoses the partitions, but hey, they're already screwed,right if you cant boot from the cd it suggests possible bois, rom, or cd problems, set the bios to boot from cd first (or second, after the floppy ) and dont hit any buttons until it tells you too, and dont mash the buttons, just hit a button once to boot from cd

Edited by Beelzibub, 20 April 2007 - 10:01 PM.


#3 petocities

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 12:25 AM

it didnt want to run the windows cd, so i managed to find a floppy drive and use a boot disk. when i tried with the floppy, the win cd ran, and then i tried to repair the previously installed windows, but it said i had none.

After that, it just began to work.. so now everything is fine, and i have no idea why. Thanks guys anyway
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Posted 22 April 2007 - 03:13 AM

got to love that windows system restore !
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Posted 22 April 2007 - 03:08 PM

truly...
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