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Windows XP problem-asked to boot from cd.


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Glitter Lavalamp

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Everytime I start up my computer now, it shows the black and white screen where everything scrolls down, then I see something called "Verifying DMI Pool Data.....
Boot from CD:
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER".


The thing is, I don't have the original windows xp cd. It didn't come with my computer. Is there anyway to fix this? I have a Windows CD as a bootable disk. When I put it in, it seems to read from an A: drive, which I have no clue about.


Is my computer savable or should I just cut my losses? Thank you for reading, and any help is appreciated. :)

Edited by Glitter Lavalamp, 12 July 2010 - 12:09 AM.

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good read on this.

http://www.computerh...es/ch000474.htm

In my experiences i have found that most of the time the hard drive has bad sectors in the area where the master boot record is kept. Usually replacing the hard drive fixes the problem.

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I tried the sys c: thing and it would not work. I then tried the fdisk/mbr thing and it did, and I took the disk out once the prompt was up as told and rebooted the computer, but nothing happened. At one point, before all of this, the computer said "Verifying DMI Pool Data....Success" <-It never said it was successful before but unfortunately I turned it off before anything could happen because I saw that at the last minute. The cds read as DR DOS or something-did I burn the CD wrong or something?
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