When I try to boot it, it acts normally until about 1/2 a screen (counts memory etc) and then these messages appear and there is no opportunity to do anything else. I do not understand what you suggest or where to find these files. If you have any other ideas, let me know. Appreciate your help.
I was wondering if I could create a WIN XP PROF recovery disc using another computer which also uses this same program and version. Then I could use this disc to start up the offending computer. Any ideas? I checked on the web and there are a lot of recovery discs for sale, but I have no idea which to try or, indeed, if any will work. I tried a so-called "PC RECOVERY DISC" that came with the PC and I was able to get past the orig error message down to one that says: INSERT SYSTEM DISC AND PRESS ENTER
but using the sys disk I have, there is no response. I know the drive is operating OK. Can anyone offer any help or should I consider a new (or used) computer??
I went to MS help and followed the instructions for creating a recovery disc involving 6 floppy disks. However, I could not get past the first disk using this set. Can anyone help me to get this computer to boot up? Ref link:
The version of XP that is on this machine is XP PRO. It was put on in 2006. I do not know much else about it. I have the original XP PRO installation disc and a so-called recovery disc that came with it, but neither of them seem to do anything. I know how to press DEL when it tries to boot up to change the boot up default as either CDROM or FLOPPY etc. Not a problem. This machine uses Norton regularly to scan for viruses etc. and never any problem. It is used 99.9% for backup on a local network. So I don't suspect any viruses. This happened suddenly. It was working fine for the past 5 years!!!
Edited by ralphchas, 18 July 2011 - 12:56 PM.