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Old 05-03-2004, 09:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Messy XP Format

Hey guys. I stumbled upon this website and read through some reads...looks like alot of people got helped, hope I can be too. :/ Well I pulled out my old computer to spiff it up in order to donate to a friend. Thats when the trouble started.
First I installed Partition Magic.
Then I formatted the main partition.
After I set in BIOS to boot via cd rom.
It loads from the CD, I click install new os and get the licence agreement. However here's the problem. I keep hitting F8 to accept but it won't. The only way to get out of the screen is to exit.
In attempt to get in another way I ignored the cd rom boot and I get the following error which I imagine is from formatting.
"NTLDR is missing. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart."
Many thanks in advance.

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Old 05-03-2004, 10:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is your keyboard a usb keyboard? If so check to see if your bios has a "Support usb keyboard" function, I know that helped me one time.

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Old 05-04-2004, 06:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm not using a usb keyboard.
The drive is formatted NTFS.
I wasn't using a boot disc which would explain that, heh.
What about the licence agreement issue?
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Old 05-04-2004, 12:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ntldr is the first file that loads in the nt os's. most likely has not been copied yet, net to find a different keyboard and try f8 again.
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Old 05-05-2004, 07:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My friend suggested that its my xp cd...I checked the CD and it does indeed have a few nasty scratches. Could this be a possibility of the problem?
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