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Oops! Stupid move, XP boot problems.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by apostello, Nov 3, 2007.

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  1. apostello

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    I have a media center desktop. It was given to me with a fan error. So I fixed the fan. Unfortunately, since I put it off so long I was using it for parts. Now that I have decided to get it up and running again I face an unexpected horror. I had previously unplugged the hard drive and ended up plugging it into the wrong IDE connector. So when I powered the system up I got the black Dos screen staring me in the face with a stupid blinking white command prompt. Corrupted boot files. Grrr. I don't have a boot disk for this installation of windows so I tried to create one from another install on my working pc. It got me into system recovery. That must be computer specific as well. I used it to search the drives for a windows installation to no avail. I can still access the hard drive on my other computer. Is there a way to create a boot disk for the broken computer's installation from my working computer, or is there a better solution? In addition to all this. It doesn't recognize any of the cdrom/dvd drives either. So any software has to be run from the floppy drive, unless there is a way to install the drivers from Dos or the bios, which I can't seem to access either.
     
  2. ozrom1e

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    Welcome to TSG....

    Why not start out by contacting HP and ordering the proper install software or recovery disks for this model of computer? Then while waiting install the hard drive into another computer and backup any important data to another media like CD-R's, DVD or whatever you choose.

    Then when the new disks arrive you can do a proper recovery of the system.
     
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