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Solved: Windows XP Disc won't boot - no boot sector on hard disk..

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by tymink, Jan 19, 2009.

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  1. tymink

    tymink Thread Starter

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    Hi, I have just recently gotten a new computer which came with Vista. Previously what I have done with any new operating system I got was installed it into my old computer. However, I came to find out you can only have one computer assigned to each cd, unless I wanna buy another one, which is unecessary.

    I wanted to get rid of Vista and return to XP but the XP disc would not install because of multiple errors, such as missing ntldr.

    So I decided to use deriks boot and nuke to clear the hard drive, and that went smoothly.

    Now, here is my problem... When I insert the XP cd it spins for a while and eventually comes to an error screen with:

    "no boot sector on hard disk"
    "CARDBUS NIC boot failed"

    30 seconds or so later I also get this message

    "No bootable devices"


    Also, when I just start the computer normally, it does go to a screen that says no operating system found, which makes sense.

    The weird thing is that the Windows Vista CD still starts up and goes to the installation area when I boot from CD drive, So I know my CD drive is working properly.

    I have tried the XP CD in another computer and it works fine.

    The computer with the problems is a Dell Inspiron 8500.

    Sorry if this has been answered somewhere but I grew tired of reading through threads only to come to a very general solution of booting from the XP disc, which wont work.

    Since I used deriks boot and nuke, I have not formatted and repartitioned the drive ( I don't know if that is the problem or not )

    Any help would be appreciated.


    Thanks,
    Nate
     
  2. aasimenator

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    Did you boot from CD? on other system & did the installation process start?
     
  3. tymink

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    I tried booting from the XP disc, and I get the boot sector on hard disk error and the cardbus error. When i boot from cd i get the blinking "_" for a minute or so, and it never says hit any key to boot from cd, it just goes to the error screen. the vista cd DOES go to the installation screen though.
     
  4. aasimenator

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    you said you checked that the CD works on another computer
    Did you try to boot from CD & check if the installation starts on that computer?
     
  5. tymink

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    Yes it does work properly on the new Dell Studio laptop.
     
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    Try another XP CD if you can

    Xp is probably on a CD
    Vista is on DVD's

    may be your Rom be a problem
     
  7. tymink

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    I do not have any other XP cd, only the one copy. Is there anything else I can do. Do I have to format the drive in some way?
     
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    do you have anyother boot Cd through which you can go into command prompt
     
  9. tymink

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    What exactly is a boot cd, and how can i obtain one. Any chance I could get a copy of one online and put it on a flash drive?
     
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    Here is how You will need the following
    HP Bootable Flash Utility
    http://i.thepcspy.com/USB_Boot.zip password is "pasta"
    Windows 98 Boot Files
    HPUSBFW_BOOTFILES.zip
    http://www3.telus.net/brokenford/hpusbfw_bootfiles.zip
    Make it Bootable

    • Open the HP Format Tool
      Start/Programs/Hewlett-Packard Company/HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool
    • It should automatically select your USB Drive.
    • Select FAT or FAT32 Under File System.
    • Select Create a DOS startup disk
    • Select using DOS system files located at and point to the folder containing the boot disk files.
    • Then click Start
     
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    Once you have done Creating the USB Boot Drive.
    Boot from USB & at Command prompt Create a new Partition & set it as active & restart then create another partition but dont set it active again
    if you can create new partition from derik's boot then do so & skip the previous step

    Now when you boot from USB again Instert the XP & see wht drive letter is your cd d: /E:
    type copy *.* to x: (where x is your second partition)

    once copied go to x:\i386>winnt.exe
     
  12. tymink

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    Ok, I did all that and put the flash drive in the problem computer and I got:

    Starting...

    Microsoft (R) Windows Millenium
    (C) Copyright Microsoft Corp 1981-1999.

    C:/>



    And that is it, now what?
     
  13. tymink

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    How do I create the partition, I cannot use deriks boot and nuke because I only have the one flash drive.
     
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    Which set of files do I use, the dos system files or the hpusbfw_boot files. the dos system files gives me windows millenium and hpusbfw gives me windows 98.
     
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    I did everything and put my CD in and it finally booted the XP CD. Its currently loading it, So hopefully this is all I need.

    Thank you very much for all the help, I'll keep posted if everything goes smoothly.
     
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