a new nights ago, my friend ran his computer pretty late into the night, and when he woke up, his computer would no longer boot!
the mobo light was on, the harddrive light stayed lit the entire time and his fans would spin up. he couldn't, however, hear his harddrives spinning, and his northbridge on his mobo got dangerously hot immediately. nothing would appear on his screen.
we decided to try a different mobo, so we drove around town to different stores where they had NO socket 478 mobos in stock. my other friend ended up lending us his gigabyte GA 8I915P mobo, and an LGA775 Pentium 4 (3.0 ghz).
we plugged everything into the new mobo, and got a POST error - the video card was dead. we replaced it (RADEON X700PRO) with an extra one he had laying around (GeForce FX 5200). the computer would then boot up, but we continually got an error about a bad boot device. we plugged his harddrives into another computer, where it said his harddrives were unformatted. we reformatted them, and got the same error. so we started working with a *new* (right out of the box) harddrive. we formatted it (NTFS) and plugged it in
we inserted his windows XP CD (oem) and got the error "NTLDR is missing, press ctrl alt del to reboot"
the XP CD, however, works in other computers
we put a working cd-drive (with a working cable) into his computer, and get the same NTLDR error
**by the way, boot order was changed to make the cd-drive boot first
any ideas? i tried googling the error and it's all .. corrupt boot sectors for windows (already installed), etc.
this harddrive is freshly formatted, and we're no longer using any of the pieces from his old comp (it all fried except the PSU, RAM, and CD-drive .. from what we can tell)
just saw this thread ~ NTLDR is missing ???
same error, same deal
can't get to the windows setup blue screen, it locks up before we get there