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NTLDR is missing on my new system. asus motherboard

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Hi I just put a new system together.  I have a Windows Pro CD that I want to install.  I'm trying to boot up from the CD drive, but I keep on getting the following error:

NTLDR is missing.  
And the only thing I can do is ctl+alt+del to restart.

Anybody knows why this is happening?

Here are my system's specs:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
6GB Crucial DDR2 RAM
ASUS P5Q Motherboard
BIOS Version 1004
64GB SSD OCZ
Toshiba IDE CD/DVD ROM

Thanks in advance.
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You need to set the computer to boot from the CD, by going into the BIOS.
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Also make sure the XP installation disc is working. Test on other PC see if it bootable.
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OOPS, didnt finish my message.
You need to set the computer to boot from the CD, by going into the BIOS.
The problem you are experiencing is that the computer is attempting to boot from the Hard Drive, but you need it to boot from the CD in order to install Windows.
To do this watch for a message on boot to enter the BIOS configuration. Often this is done by hitting the <DEL> key.
Once you are in the BIOS look for something that designates BOOT order, you want to make sure the CD drive is the first BOOT device.
Once you have done this, save the settings, reboot the computer with the Windows CD in the drive and watch for the prompts.
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PUNKY is correct, but you need to check the BIOS settings of the computer you are working with first.
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Hi all, I set the boot priority to set from the CD ROM first, but it's attempting to boot from the hard disk.  I got into the BIOS, then I do the following:
Boot->Boot Device Priority -> 1st boot device

I make it CD/DVD ROM

Exit -> Exit and save changes

What I can see is that when it's booting up a list of my devices appear for a brief second, and my CD/DVD ROM is the last one....

Any ideas?

The boot CD is working, I tried it on a different machine
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Then when I go into the BIOS again, the boot priority still shows CD/DVD as the first one.
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Then, I suspect the XP CD is not working. Like I said, try on other system see if it works ok first.
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Punky, it is working.  I tried it on my laptop and it did work.  You guys think I need to update the BIOS on my board?  If so, what's the best way to do it?
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There may be other settings in the BIOS that affect BOOT order. This is likely where the issue is.
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That's what I was thinking.  I've been looking at all the settings and I don't see anything else affecting the boot order.
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What computer and/or motherboard are you using?
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No, I wouldnt update the BIOS unless there is a good reason to do so.
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Hi, I solved the problem.  I added a new CD ROM to my computer.  The BIOS was detecting the other CD ROM, but would not boot up from it. And I know it is working since I removed it from another system where it was working.  I'm installing the OS right now.  Thanks a lot everyone for your help.
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Thanks, I had to split the points since both of you were really helpful.
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Faulty optical drive?

Check BIOS and ensure drive is recognized by BIOS. Check to ensure cables are fully seated and that jumper is correct if an IDE drive.

Test drive in another PC or try another drive if possible.
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Well, talk about good timing!!
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Well that was my next question, very good to hear you resolved it.
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Thanks for the points. Good job on finding the issue.
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