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Old 03-05-2010
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Compaq presario c500 boot problem

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I have a Compaq Presario C500 laptop. I am not able to boot the laptop. I am not so good in computer. All I know about this is that it has Windows XP as the operating system on it. It is my friends computer and now failed to boot. There are messages on the screen. At first I saw ntldr missing issue. I restarted that two three times but it still did not work.
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Re: Compaq presario c500 boot problem

Here are some tips which might can help you to fix this issue. NTLDR is missing is an boot error. You can have before an error indicating a problem in the Boot.ini file. The offending files are still present in the root of your drive, but apparently, the problem seems rather to raise a concern about the MFT (Master File Table). The files are there but are not properly indexed.
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Re: Compaq presario c500 boot problem

Yes NTLDR is boot error which need sometime to re-install windows xp. But if you can create a boot disk then you can solve the isue. For this you will have to create a boot disk with at least these three files, they are NTLDR, BOOT.INI and NTDETECT.COM. After starting the computer from the floppy copy the NTLDR file from A: \ to C: \. Otherwise start from the Recovery Console. Rename the file Boot.ini Boot.ini.bak and copy the file Boot.ini.bak C: to another partition. Then put theback to c and reboot.
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Re: Compaq presario c500 boot problem

Start from the Recovery Console and type this commands fixboot chkdsk c: / p / r. You can change the drive letter and then restart. If this does not come back to the Recovery Console and put at the root of your drive and type: cd and then enter the letter of your CD-ROM. To you put in this directory, type : cd i386 and type the following commands that allow you to transfer the system files. First type copy ntldr c:, copy Ntdetect.com, fixboot and exit.
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Re: Compaq presario c500 boot problem

This may also be that the boot sequence set in the Bios is poorly configured. Here's another solution using a tool called Bcupdate V2.0. You can download that and creates a startup disk windows xp copy the executable file named bcupdate.exe. Once you are on the Windows desktop to open a Command Prompt window. Put yourself on the A: drive and type: Bcupdate.exe C: / F. Press the Y button to confirm the launch process. and then remove the floppy drive.
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Re: Compaq presario c500 boot problem

It can be due to invalid Boot.ini file. Here windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: Windows \ System32 \ Hal.dll. It may also be talking about a problem on the file \ system32 \ Ntoskrnl.exe. If your computer does not have a multiboot system then from the Recovery Console, a possible sequence of commands may be this, fixboot, then fixmbr, Attrib-h-r-sc: \ boot.ini , del c: \ boot.ini and bootcfg / rebuild.
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Re: Compaq presario c500 boot problem

Remove the hard drive and plug it into a slave on another computer. Edit the Boot.ini file to remove the operating system. Copy a file named Hall.dll C: \ WINDOWS \ ServicePackFiles \ i386 D: \, which is depending on your configuration paths may be different. Replace the hard disk on the original computer and start normally. It is better if you have multiple operating system.
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