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Old 11-07-2004, 06:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1996 ibm aptiva computer with windows xp on it. I recently shut it down by pressing the shut down button(instead of shutting it down using the menu) and now it does not work. Every time i start it up it comes up with some boot error. I would be very happy if someone could help me with mi problem
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Old 11-07-2004, 07:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What is the boot error? Please list out any messages that are shown on the screen, or any beeps that come from the case...
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it does not beep at all, after it starts up it goes to a blank screen with "NTLDR: Fatal Boot Error 256 reading BOOT.INI"
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It cant load because all the info about the boot process is located in boot.ini... use a XP boot CD and try repairing the system...
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whoops.. during the time that the computer was working, my disk drive broke, so i cant boot from any cd...... do you know why the files were deleted in the first place
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it could always be spyware im not sure... i would say they sometimes get deleted or get stuff written in there that shouldnt be there that cauzes what you have... its magic i guess haha
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im not shure because it only didnt start when i didnt shut it down right- weird
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i would suggest to get a new drive (ur still gonna need it in the future) and after you do run the repair wizard off of your XP CD
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good idea, do you know what a basic cd drive would cost, with no cd writing capabilities?
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there are ones for about 20 bucks... check on newegg.com
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