I rebuilt Windows XP. Rebuild went fine.
Ejected the setup disk to reboot and got No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility
Put the install disk back in. Press F1 and windows boots fine.
Read all the posts on fixmbr, fixboot, fdisk /mbr and tried all of them.
Have low level formatted the disk and rebuilt the system. No dice.
Downloaded the bootdisk utilities and tried them no change.
Used two different disk utilities to check the disk and no errors were found
chkdsk finds no errors
boot.ini is normal.
Installed Partition Magic and it sees the drive and the boot sector just fine.
All the bios settings are correct.
HW Dell8100 Inspiron notebook. 512MB memory, 60 GB TravelStar disk drive.
Installed service pack 1 and 3 and ran a full virus scan with no bad guys found.
What else can be done to resolve this problem? Will a new drive solve the problem?