Non-system Disk Error

My system reports "Non-System Disk or disk error - replace and strike any key when ready".  All attempts to Repair install XP Home fail before any options to accept license agreement with the following error:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shutdown to prevent damage to your computer. PROCESS1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED
If this is the first time you have seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows updates you might need.

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical Information:
***STOP: 0x0000006B (0x80000016, 0x0000003, 0x0000000, 0x0000000)
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Aland CoonsSystems EngineerAsked:
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
This message usually occurs when your computer cannot find a bootable drive.  Many times users just have a floppy in the A: drive and forget to take it out.  So, ck the obvious first..
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
If this is not the case, then boot to your Recovery Console and run chkdsk -r to check the integrity of your hard drive.  Also, perhaps run the fixboot command, and possibly the fixmbr command.

http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/wxprcons.htm
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amirinamdarCommented:
This might be of some use,though it speaks of the error while upgrading. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=330134
No harm in trying though.
And this has probably the same info: http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBM/tip6000/rh6047.htm
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Aland CoonsSystems EngineerAuthor Commented:
I have tried all of the above including CHKDSK, FIXBOOT, and FIXMBR.
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Aland CoonsSystems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Yes. Thank you. I have read both of those articles and think it is possible since he was using Norton on that computer that it had GOBACK installed.
Is there no possible way to do an upgrade/install or repair of XP in this case?  I'm not seeing a solution here because the system is not in a bootable state.
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Aland CoonsSystems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  I will look into this further and get back with you.
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MereteCommented:
alandc  check your bios is it set to boot from cd rom device first? if so change it to hdd o
then remove any cd's in your rom, and or floppy.
I am surprised that this answer was not provided straight up as when yourmachine is set to boot from cd first and you leave any kind of cd in your rom ( not a windowsxp) the message comes back non system disc..
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Aland CoonsSystems EngineerAuthor Commented:
merete --  I had an XP cd in the drive I was trying to use to run a Repair install.  When I remove it I get the error.

ami -- I removed the changes goback had made to the boot sector and still couldn't boot

FE -- You ended up being closest with your idea of "check the obvious first".

This morning I woke up early and set the first partition on C:\ "Active".

It's booting again.
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amirinamdarCommented:
Cheers!
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Thanks.. and glad you got it resolved..!!  :)

FE
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MereteCommented:
yep glad you solved it, lol I did mention to check both drives..  ;)
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