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Trying to do a complete reinstall, NTLDR comp message

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October 28, 2010 1:56:40 PM

Hi group, trying to restore my system after a virus or something locked up my Compaq Presario SR1103WM My CD drive hasnt been reconized by the computer for some time before this incident. I am being stopped by a NTLDR compressed message I tried Pushing Ctrl Alt Del keys II still am unable to fix it. My experience is very limited, any ideas?
October 28, 2010 2:08:26 PM

If you're trying to boot off the XP disc, to do the install, first you'll have to figure out why the CD drive isn't working. Otherwise, it'll skip the CD drive, and continue to try and boot off the next boot device.

Does the CD tray come out?
Did it show up in My Computer?

Since you're getting the NTLDR message, I assume you can't boot into windows anymore. Try putting the drive into another computer, or try another drive in yours.
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October 29, 2010 10:20:32 AM

aford10 said:
If you're trying to boot off the XP disc, to do the install, first you'll have to figure out why the CD drive isn't working. Otherwise, it'll skip the CD drive, and continue to try and boot off the next boot device.

Does the CD tray come out?
Did it show up in My Computer?

Since you're getting the NTLDR message, I assume you can't boot into windows anymore. Try putting the drive into another computer, or try another drive in yours.

Thank you for your help in this problem. If I just put my hard drive into another computer with a working cd drive, do i simply install insert the recovery discs or is there more to it than that?
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October 29, 2010 10:34:02 AM

Sorry, Aford10 the reason the CD drive doesnt work is a software issue im sure . The tray does come out . I only used it about 15 times max . 5 of those times for recovery discs. I dont remember if it showed up on my computer or not after it didnt work.
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October 29, 2010 1:01:14 PM

The easiest solution, would be to swap in a working CD drive, not swap out the hard drive.

If you are booting from the CD drive, the operating system (software) won't even come into play, because the CD drive will load before the hard drive. As long as it's a working CD drive, and it's connected properly, that's the best way to go.
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November 16, 2010 4:40:57 AM

Thanks for all your help. I kept trying to boot it up and it took.
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