My computer won't boot. It started this morning. I didn't have an active internet connection but my modem was lit up correctly. I went to Start and clicked Shut Down and selected Restart. It restarted. However, I was faced with an error. There was a missing file. "NTDLR" I believe it was called. It said "press any key to restart" beneath it. Every time I pressed a key, it still said "NTDLR is missing. Press any key to restart." I got frustrated and phoned a friend who looked up this problem for me. He said that I needed a Windows 2000 disc. I don't have any of those because I got my computer from a friend. So instead, he told me to get a floppy disc and create a disc from my laptop, which is a Windows 98. It was a StartUp disc, I believe it was called, but it had all of the .sys files and such that I would need for a Windows 98. He said it would work for me even though I had 2000. I tried ... and did a lot of other computer techy stuff. And now it doesn't tell me of that error.
From here, whenever I boot my computer on its own with no disc or floppy disc, it has the "Gateway" screen, but then it shows me a prompt screen that says:
And that is all. I'm not sure the correct prompt to make my computer boot.
Is my hard drive wiped? Is there any hope of resurrecting my computer? I have some important files that I would really hope not to lose ...
Any help at ALL would be really appreciated. I can't really live without my computer.
Emotional breakdown, people. >>
So please, any help would be fantastic.