Edited by prettyquay, 06 September 2008 - 08:35 PM.
Please Help! No CD
Posted 06 September 2008 - 08:11 PM
Posted 07 September 2008 - 08:19 AM
The first and, as often reported, corrective step is to run Checkdisk from the Recovery Console:
The Recovery Console is accessible from the XP CD which you report you do not have. Therefore download the Recovery Console .iso and burn it to a CD yourself: http://www.thecomput...om/files/rc.iso
The above link leads to a "blind download." Best practice is to always check unknown files before opening/running at Virus total: http://www.virustotal.com/ and/or Jotti: http://virusscan.jotti.org/
If you do not have access to Nero or Roxio, try free CDBurnerXP: http://cdburnerxp.se/
After the .iso file is 'burned' to CD, insert the disc in the CD tray and boot the computer from the CD. It may be necessary to enter the BIOS to alter the boot order so that the machine seeks boot information from the CD drive first. Check with your computer's manufacturer's site to determine which keyboard keys to push at start-up to access the BIOS and/or get a one-time boot menu. On my Dell, I use F2 for BIOS and F12 for the one-time boot menu. Yours may differ.
Once the downloaded and burned Recovery Console begins, it will look just like the begining of the XP CD starting a setup. Only the Recovery Console will be available, however, so press "R" at the first prompt to enter the Recovery Console. Then follow the instructions from the abover Geeks-to-Go tutorial.
Checkdisk can take a long time, and there is nothing for you to do while it is running. When complete, the computer will attempt a normal boot. If you have set the computer to boot first from the CD, remember to remove the Recovery Console CD before the reboot occures. This will not stop Checkdisk.
If a successful boot occurs, I suggest that you immediately clean and defragment the hard drive. For cleaning, I like the small stand alone ATF Cleaner: http://www.majorgeek...aner_d4949.html No install required, just run in place. This first time, I suggest the "Select All" option. Later, do not always us the "prefetch" option as this increases the time require to load programs until the prefetch file is repopulated (about 3 starts). If you are the type that makes extensive use of history in your browser, you may not want to use that option either.
Then defragment with free JkDefrag: http://www.kessels.com/Jkdefrag/
Also a stand-alone. Ignore everything in the downloaded folder except the JkDefrag.exe. Just run it. (double click) It will automatically completely defrag your drive. Ugly as sin and twice as powerful. Works even when drives are so full that Windows defrag refuses. This may also take quite a while.
Give this stuff a try and let us know about your progress.
Posted 07 September 2008 - 01:50 PM
Posted 07 September 2008 - 03:04 PM
It sounds like the computer briefly checked the CD(what you felt and heard) and then discovered no boot sector so moved to the hard drive as second choice.
It is necessary to use a special function of a CD writing application to create bootable media.
Make sure that the CD is, in fact, bootable before you give up on this process.
Which utility did you use to burn the CD? Did you make a disc "image" as part of the process?
Will a functional computer boot from the burned disc?
Posted 07 September 2008 - 05:31 PM
Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:04 PM
Posted 07 September 2008 - 09:35 PM
Edited by prettyquay, 07 September 2008 - 09:41 PM.
Posted 08 September 2008 - 05:13 AM
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