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"NTLDR is missing"?

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I have this PIII 450MHz Win98 PC given to me from a friend. On boot-up it reads the memory fine and detects all drives. On the next screen which displays "PCI device listing" etc, directly under "Verifying DMI pool data..." it says:

"NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

I restart the computer but every time it boots to the same screen.

My question does "NTLDR" mean?

Thanks for your help,

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Hi camelgrass, Welcome to GTG !! :tazz:

NTLDR:(use with NT, 2000, or XP not 98)
Short for NT loader, NTLDR is a program loaded from the hard drive boot sector that displays the Microsoft Windows NT startup menu and helps Microsoft Windows NT load.

Has this machine booted before??
Did your friend try to upgrade to XP or 2000?

Have a look here !! See if this will help. If you need more assistance, post back and someone else or myself will help !!

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