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A couple of days a go I turned my laptop on and it stopped loading at the blue windows xp screen. Can't load in safe mode or command prompt or any of the other windows advanced options I get when pressing F8 when computer is starting -get same blue, windows screen.
Not sure if this is relavent but for a few weeks before it died i got a message when trying to use windows media palyer (which doesn't work even after uninstall and reinstall) asking me to insert SP2 CD. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling SP2 but it made no difference. I even dowloaded SP2 to a cd and treid it when it said it but it didn't work either

I tried the Windows XP repair (http://www.geekstogo...ws-XP-t138.html) but it doesn't go to the screen where it gives you the option to repair selected XP instalation. It takes me to a screen and asks me to choose a partition (has a big one and a little one). I choose the big one and the I get a screen that says choose:
format the partition using ntfs file system -quick
format the partition using ntfs file system
leave the current file system intact -no changes

Not sure where to go from here.

Have also tried this with no apparent luck:

How to Repair the Boot Sector:
If XP won't start it may be due to a damaged boot sector or a missing or corrupt ntldr or ntdetect.com files.

To replace damaged ntldr and ntdetect.com you can copy fresh files from the XP CD using the COPY command. Boot with the XP CD and enter the Recovery Console (as above). At the Command Prompt type the following (where "X" is your CD-Rom drive letter) allowing the files to overwrite the old files

To repair a damaged Boot Sector at the command prompt type FIXBOOT and press Enter. Then answer "Y"

I have another post in this forum with the other things i have tried and failed...

Edited by saharanz, 12 September 2005 - 09:56 PM.

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Some OEM windows CDs do not have recovery consoles on them--I was completedly stunned that they would leave

such a thing out and it's a good reason to avoid such OEMs.

Anyway, download RC.iso from the following link:


You need to burn this image to a CD and boot your computer with it--this is different than burning a file to a

CD. If you do not know how to burn an ISO image, then download the following program to another Windows XP

machine, install it.


After installation, right click the RC.iso file you downloaded above and choose COPY IMAGE TO CD.

Then reboot your PC with that CD in the CD-ROM drive.

This will give you a recovery console to use to run
chkdsk /r

at a command prompt.
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Thanks for your help. The link for the rc.iso download doesn't seem to work. It says the page is unavailable??? Any suggestions?
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