ive had this problem on my laptop for some time now but have put it off hoping that it would miraculously start to work one day. ive finally given up hope and decided to bite the bullet and DO SOMETHING with it. sooo.. here I am.
I have a compaq presario c302NR, windows xp home edition, sp 3 (i think), 512 mb ram, cdburner\dvdplayer (no floppy).
My puter didnt come with disks but i did order the recovery disk from hp and have received it.
I would rather repair than reinstall if possible.
I have tried to start in safemode and i can get to that screen but no matter what i choose it always comes back to the WINDOWS COULD NOT START BECAUSE THE FOLLOWING FILE IS MISSING OR CORRUPT: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
I found this thread ( http://www.geekstogo...ot-t263191.html ) and did the steps in post #15 (made the "puppy linux" cd) and ran it and was able to save all my pics and stuff to my external harddrive. i tested that it was all there using this machine so now i can proceed.
I have done other stuff before i did the above mention "save". i downloaded and copied rc.iso using imgburn (i got that from a post i read here but cant remember which one it was but i remember brunio (?) was the one giving the advice). anyway.. i did restarted the puter and booted to the cd and it gave me the "welcome to setup" blue screen. I took the 2nd option - to repair a windows xp installation using recovery console, press R and got the following message:
setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
make sure any hard disk srives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware congifuation is correct. this may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.
setup cannot continue. to quit setup, press F3.
i wasnt sure if the recover disk was the same as a "windows" disk so i tried that. but it came up with the whole going to wipe the harddrive and put windows back on. i killed the power on that. so im back to where i started.
Sooo... here i am - asking for help.