So the only thing i can narrow this down to is the bios of my motherboard and here is the problem.
I boot up and it says during the boot sequence that ntdlr (or something similar) is missing and then asks me to reboot the machine.
What is going on here and how can i fix it?
Im using a DFI LanParty UT board if that helps any
when u change yout motherboard, u have to reinstall your OS. did u do that?
yes i re-installed my OS twice thanks to this error, before i figured out that i could just pop in the boot disk and let it time out on the boot disk.
My hard drives are in the same configuration that they were in my old machine. I wiped the drive with my OS on it and re-formatted and re-installed. The only thing that is left original from my last setup was my backup hard drive, but that should really effect it should it?
You may also be interested to know that i have gotten this error with both installs of win2k and winxp as well as with the original install of xp that was on here from the previous hardware.
check in bios which hardisk is the first hardisk (u may need to set which hardisk to be the first)
then u use cd to install right? it managed to install, then it restart. is this when u get the error?
Wasn't this issue resolved last night when we installed Windows 2000?
You are able to boot off one of the Windows discs I let you borrow, so it can't be the BIOS.
Worse come worse, you can just reformat both discs and reinstall. Remember how the partition with data was unrecognisable by Win2000 yesterday? That may be the source of the error. I doubt it is the BIOS, as Xenic said...
yea, im gunna try the fixboot thing tomorrow and check the boot order.
Dave, I think it had something to do with you screwing around with my jumpers because it never did this untill we got messing around with those...then again before we started messing around with it...it didnt work period...
I used to have the exact same problem with my old computer. I never tried flashing the bios but i found that it did this when ever my keyboard was not attached. I have a usb keyboard and the problem was resolved by using a usb to ps/2 adaptor. In the system32 folder i found that the file it claimed was missing was there and intact, there must be a conflict in xp that occurs occassionally with motherboards.
I have one solution..
Please follow these steps to solve this problem: Insert the Windows XP CD into your CD-ROM drive and reboot your system from the Windows XP CD.
Just press any key while it prompts, "Press any key to boot from the CD". Now the Windows setup will start and bring you the `welcome to setup' screen.
Press `R' key to get into repair option. This will open the Recovery Console. The list of windows installation will be displayed. Log into your windows installation by pressing the `1' key (choose the relevant number if you have multiple OS installed). You will then be prompted for your administrator password. Please enter that password. Next copy the two files below to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the example below, we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter `F'. In both lines, please replace the `F' with the drive letter of your CD-ROM.
Copy f:\i386\ntldr c:\
Copy f:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\
Once both of these files have been successfully copied, please remove the CD from the computer and reboot the system. This should solve your problem. However, if the problem persists, it is possible that your system's hard disk may have a corrupt boot sector and/or master boot record. To solve this, you will have to enter into the recovery console that is described above. Here you may run the fixboot and fixmbr commands.