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BOOTMGR Missing?

Just tried to boot up an old computer and came up with this error, googled it and no help =/
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  1. there is no boot manager found

    check in BIOS that its detecting the hard drives

    if its got a floppy drive make sure there is nothing in the drive

    what is the OS ?
  2. It has none, i wiped the hdd on my other computer and tried a fresh install of xp. BOIS detects hdd.
  3. A boot manager starts the operating system

    Its telling you you have no operating system

    so why didnt the install of XP work?
    do you have a SATA hard drive , and XP before SP2?

    Is there an option to reset the sata ports to Native IDE mode in BIOS?

    Alternatively learn how to install a sata driver using a floppy disk
  4. I have put the xp install disk in and it thinks about it for a bit then says BOOTMGR Missing. I do have a sata hdd. Im sure XP is sp2.
  5. How many hard drives do you have plugged in? I've had this problem in the past and it turned out that because I had 2 hard drives plugged in it installed everything on one drive and bootmgr on the other drive and when I unplugged the spare drive I lost the bootmgr and ended up formatting the computer and re-installing windows with only one drive plugged in
  6. This XP disk

    Is it a genuine MS Disk? If it was it should say that it is SP2 [ or whatever] so Im assuming that it is a "backup"copy

    Its possible ChaosAD is correct

    But its also possible your DVD is not a bootable ISO because the person who burned it did it incorrectly
  7. ChaosAD said:
    How many hard drives do you have plugged in? I've had this problem in the past and it turned out that because I had 2 hard drives plugged in it installed everything on one drive and bootmgr on the other drive and when I unplugged the spare drive I lost the bootmgr and ended up formatting the computer and re-installing windows with only one drive plugged in


    I have only one hdd in it. It is possible that it had two hdd's before i got it as it is an old server.
  8. Outlander_04 said:
    This XP disk

    Is it a genuine MS Disk? If it was it should say that it is SP2 [ or whatever] so Im assuming that it is a "backup"copy

    Its possible ChaosAD is correct

    But its also possible your DVD is not a bootable ISO because the person who burned it did it incorrectly


    I put it in my main rig and it autoplayed and everything. I hvae wiped the hdd and there is nothing one it.
  9. Best answer
    Re-install windows on it and it'll work fine :)
  10. ChaosAD said:
    Re-install windows on it and it'll work fine :)


    Thats what i am trying to do :) But it just keeps saying BOOTMGR is Missing.
  11. I have a feeling it might be to do with the dvd drive not reading the disk. Ill try my other dvd drive for my main rig in it and see if it makes a difference.
  12. Well, what do i know. It worked. That dvd drive was not reading it correctly. Thanks for your help guys :)
  13. Best answer selected by camohanna.
  14. camohanna said:
    Just tried to boot up an old computer and came up with this error, googled it and no help =/


    OP... this might sound like a stupid quesiton, but have you checked within the BIOS that you have the dvd / cd drive as the 1st boot option? I just resolved this same very issue on a buddies computer. He had some how damaged his boot loader / mng and once in the BIOS I switched his DVD drive to boot first and off we were! In our case it was a mear repair in your's an install of course... Hope that helps!
  15. Yeah, it was on first boot priority. Its as i have fixed it now and am actually sending this message on that computer.
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