Windows error!?!


Here is my problem. I got to turn on my computer and it goes through its drive detection and then it goes through the boot sequence but before it can get to the Windows XP loading screen.....i get this message.. "Windows could not start because the following file is missing of corrupt: System32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys"
Then it says....."You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

I also get another screen that gives me a few options to restart windows....Safe Mode, Safe Mode w/networking, Safe Mode w/ Command Prompt, Last Known Good Configuration, and Start Windows Normally............I have tried all of them to no success.

so what should I do? I was told I should FDISK my HDD but when I went to go make a bootdisk for Win XP i got a system disk error so I had to take the floppy out.

Can anyone offer any suggestions? I dont mind reformating my HDD.

My specs: AMD 1600XP, Epox 8KHA+ MB, 20G IBM Desktar HDD, 512 ddr ram, gf2 t-500 64meg vcard, WINDOWS XP, soundblaster 5.1

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!!

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  1. you can try to replace the file ntfs.sys by copying it off a friends computer and then over writing the version of that file on your computer (you would need to start your computer with any bootdisk, then use commands to copy the new files onto your computer), i have done this before, but it can be tricky, and other files may be corrupted as well

    I need a 1.5 Ghz Athlon + 512mb ddr ram to write emails......honestly
  2. That sounds like a critical file and it's possible that something happened to scramble your hard drive. Was there anything you did right before this happened? Did the machine crash?

    Try replacing that file first. If that doesn't work, you may have to reformat.

    Then isolate the source of the crash. Since it's an Athlon system, my first guesses would be heat or chipset issues. Did you build the system yourself? Does it have adequate cooling? Get the latest BIOS update for your mobo.

  3. Thanks for all the respones and advice. I finally got win XP to start up but I realize now that the problem IS Windows now one of those that dislikes XP...I want to install Windows 2000 server on the machine as it has been running flawlessly on my other machine.

    Can someone walk me through OR provide a link that can walk me through deleting XP, FDISK'ing?

    Thanks all!

  4. Quote:
    Then isolate the source of the crash. Since it's an Athlon system, my first guesses would be heat or chipset issues

    why do people STILL think that if a computer with an AMD processor has a problem then it must be the cpu thats too hot or compatability issue?? the axp runs cooler than the P4 (so ive heard)! and as for chipset issues.... not with that mobo definitely! and i personally dont know anyone who has ever had a compatability prob with any amd cpu and mobo!
    sounds more like a corrupted file in the HDD.. u just need to replace the file or format and start again

    how do you set a laser printer to stun?
  5. Hé, I'm running XP (or 98SE, dualboot) on my K6-450 with a 40Go HDD, AWE64 and 2xVOODOO2
    It runs super. It's the best and most stable computersetup I ever had!

    Cold start till desktop view with XP: 40secs.
    Cold start till desktop view with 98SE: 30secs.

    NO STABILITY PROBS. (never seen 98SE work so good).

    Now available: notebook with Mobile Hammer CPU and Geforce6; awesome!
  6. This has been covered countless times. The fact is, heat and chipset issues occur more often on Athlon systems than on Intel systems. It's often the system builder's fault, but that's irrelevant to this discussion.

    Don't take my word for it. Just look back through the last year of posts in this newsgroup and see how many "Help Me" posts you see and nine times out of ten it's an Athlon user posting. And most of the time it's because his system was running too hot, the PSU was poor, or the latest chipset drivers weren't installed. Any one of these problems can cause file system corruption.

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