Does it indicate your CD drive letter?
If so, you should type:
press Enter and the test should start.
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if I press enter I get to the welcome to set up page (blue screen) and get three option;
1, To set up windows XP now, press enter
2, To repair windows XP installation usinf recovery console, press R
3, To quit set up without installing windows XP, press F3
If you used ImgBurn to create the CD, it should be bootable.
Put the CD in, restart computer and at some point, you should see this message:
Press any key to boot from CD
Edited by czfckd, 23 September 2009 - 02:27 PM.
That's the recovery console disk.
Next I checked the disc drive and it shows that I have a recovery cd, when I explore the disc i have a folder named 1386 which contains about 100 files (all of which are either SY or DLL files) and a folder named system32 with 2 files inside that.
This is correct for recovery console.
As soon as I get the message press any key to boot from cd and press a key I end up directly at the Windows XP Home edition set up screen (blue) does that mean the cd is not correct?
I'd be very interested in what you did to get to the screen requesting the disk.
Im not sure how, but I managed to get to a screen which was requesting me to insert the windows cd into the drive, which I dont have. I inserted the recovery console disc instead and got the black screen message SPCMDCON.SYS file needed for recovery console is missing, recovery console cannot proceed. To exit press F3
does this help?
Edited by n3ko, 24 September 2009 - 05:21 PM.
Edited by czfckd, 25 September 2009 - 02:41 AM.
fjdt_v6.90.zip, I think... oh, it's a zip file... Well gee, I fail.
I am browsing and selecting the file each time. Can you just confirm the file name I should be copying?
Well, that would certainly simplify things, yes. But, it's not always easier. And my caution here would be if the hard drive were part of the problem - and it could be. If that hardware is starting to fail reinstalling the operating system will not help for long, if it helps at all.
Do you think I would be better just formatting the drive and buying a new copy of the OS, or am I still likely to have the same problems?
Edited by n3ko, 25 September 2009 - 10:50 AM.
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