I received a dell optiplex gx110 and its os is win 2000 and it has a password so I removed the hard disk of the dell and put it on the other pc as a slave drive and I formatted the the hard disk in NTFS. When I was ready to install the win xp, the computer says NTLDR is missing press ctrl alt del to restart even though the boot sequence is in IDE CDROM > Floppy > Hard disk.
I really need any kind of help. thanks
I decided to format it again as a FAT32 using my other pc. "The NTLDR is missing" was changed into "Remove disk or other media press any key to restart".
This generally what you get as Zoron said when there is a diskette in the machine or no operating system on the hard drive. If the machine doesn't find a bootable CD it will next go to the Floppy and then the hdd the way your's is setup. It appears for what ever reason the CD is not being recognized as bootable or not even checking the CD ROM. A friend of mine has a Dell and to get it to boot from the Windows CD he had to hit an F key to set the boot sequence rather than using the BIOS, have no idea why. I think it may have been F12 but not certain You could also try a different optical drive