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strikey_mate

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I bought a 2nd hand Dell desktop to network to another room. When I tried to set up the network it would not find the gateway or get on the internet, so instead of realizing my router was inadvertently switched off, I thought the problem was with the computer, so I decided to do a ghost image of the other computer and put it on this new one. Well ghost failed while still in the virtual partition of the new computer (a faulty cd) and could not reboot to windows or even get any other drives to be detected, all I could see was a blinking cursor, so I removed the HD and reformatted it in the other computer and reinstalled it back again. Now all I get is...

NTLDR is missing. Press ctrl-Alt-Del to restart.

I have made sure all external devices are disconnected but I keep getting the same message. I have entered BIOS and tried all boot positions but still no good. I cannot....repeat...cannot get even a cd in the rom drive or a floppy in floppy drive to be detected. I have a win 98 floppy which has got me out of trouble in the past, but its no good if I cant get ANY drive to be detected.

BTW...the ironical thing here is that the reason I could not get the network up in the first place before all the trouble was...the router and gateway hub was all turned off, so there was no reason to do a ghost image in the first place.

Any help much appreciated...don't know much...so be gentile
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Thanx for all your help.

Problem solved.

For some reason there was no tick beside the dvd Rom and the floppy drives IN THE BIOS, so I place one there by pressing the space bar which seemed to enable them. I wonder how they become dis-enabled?

Installed windows and all is well.

Edited by strikey_mate, 26 September 2009 - 05:55 PM.

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