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Telhalocw

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A few screens after turning on the computer, before getting to the desktop I will get 2 options the says:

Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Optin. /fastdetect

If i select Microsoft Windows XP Professional, i will get something that says:
"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check booth path and disk hardware.
Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information"

If i click Option. /fastdetect, the computer will just reboot.

The same thing will happen if i try going into safe mode, and I can't do a system restore because the same will happen as well.

I think the problem was caused was when i went into msconfig.exe, went to boot.ini and made microsoft windows xp professional the default option.
Because before this, there was a 3rd option that said:
"Windows(Default)"

By the way, I'm using another computer.
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Sounds like the boot sector has been corupted. Only way to really recover from that is a repair or complete reformat and reinstall of Windows.
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May I ask how to reformat or reinstall windows? And how long will it take?
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316941
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316941


When i put my windows xp CD in there and start the computer, it doesn't detect anything, nothing pops up or anything. Any idea why?
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when you start your computer.
press delete key or whatever it says for setup.
then you eill be in your bios setup

find where it says what your boot sequence is.
page up or down untill it says cd first or similar bootsequence.
that will make your computer boot from the cd

http://www.hiren.inf...bios-boot-cdrom
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Maybe try rebuilding the boot configuration before you format and install again. You'll still need to be able to boot to the cd, but enter recovery console instead of installing.

bootcfg /rebuild
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"but enter recovery console instead of installing."

how do i get to that?

It doesn't seem like my computer is loading the disk at all, even though the IDE CD-Rom reader is 1st in the boot sequence
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"but enter recovery console instead of installing."

how do i get to that?

It doesn't seem like my computer is loading the disk at all, even though the IDE CD-Rom reader is 1st in the boot sequence
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