WINDOWS XP - Re-Format/START FROM SCRATCH!

I have a computer that I want to get working again.  When I turn it on it says, " NTLDR is missing"  I have two windows XP CD's.  One is "Driver Recovery CD" the other is, "Operating System CD".  

Using these CD's How can I start from scratch?

The only screen I can access is when the computer is starting up if I press F1 I can access a startup settings screen.

The computer is an HP.

THANKS IN ADVANCE!
DJMgraphixAsked:
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GeisrudSystems AdministratorCommented:
Should be pretty straightforward from there.

I believe you press Esc. to continue with installation.  Then select which partition you would like to install Windows on (I like to remove all the existing partitions (excepting a recovery partition, if present), then format a new NTFS partition.
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bmatumburaCommented:
Boot the machine using the Operating System CD; you may have to configure some settings in the computer's BIOS setup so that it can boot from a CD
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GeisrudSystems AdministratorCommented:
Insert the Operating system Cd and boot from CD.

You can press F1 to enter startup settings if you need to set CD-ROM as first boot device.  Alternatively (possibly preferrably) there should be another key you can press to select one-time boot device.
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bmatumburaCommented:
Make sure you have backed up any data you may have on the computer before you use the CD.
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
yeah... I tried to do that before I asked this question...   I need NOTHING on the computer...  When I try and boot from the CD it  still says "NTLDR is missing... press CTRL ALT DEL to restart...  
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GeisrudSystems AdministratorCommented:
Then you're not yet booting from the CD, it's still trying to boot from disk.
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
Here's what I did...  entered "SETUP"... Went to the "BOOT" Tab... Went to " BOOT DEVICE PRIORITY"... Selected "ATAPI CD-ROM"  put an "!" next to it by hitting "Shift+1"  and even moved it to the top of the list by hitting "Shift and the + symbol... saved and tried to set up..  It still says, "NTLDR is missing"...
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GeisrudSystems AdministratorCommented:
Is it asking to "Press any key to boot from CD"?

If so, you'll want to do that.
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
I wish It was...   I tried a bunch of different startup settings... all ending with " NTLDR is missing"  
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GeisrudSystems AdministratorCommented:
Do you have another option right after POST to press [key] to select boot device?

Also, at this point I'd be looking at some hardware diagnostics - possibly your optical drive isn't working.

Check your hardware vendor's site to see if they include a built-in diagnostic utility.  For example, I believe on some Dell you can press F12 as PC is booting to get into a diag utility that can check all hardware.
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
No on the select boot device... I'm continuing to try a bunch of things...  all ending with the same result... It's an HP that I KNOW was working before...  I'm fresh out of ideas...
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
Is there anyone out there who can help me get this computer up and running?  
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skywalker39Commented:
Hi DJMgraphix,

I'm just curious, but is your cd-rom that your trying to boot from SATA or IDE? Is the hard drive too SATA or IDE? If there SATA try going into the BIOS and set it to IDE Mode, see if that makes a difference.
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
After a lot of time looking online for a solution to my problem, I think that I have to somehow repair the boot loader?  

There has to be a way to make this computer work..

D
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
I'm not sure of the difference between SATA and IDE...  The two disks are, "Operating System CD... Microsoft Windows XP Home SP1"  and "Driver Recovery CD... Microsoft Windows XP...  The only thing that I can access on the computer is the SETUP... by pressing F1 during Start up...   I've checked every tab in the SETUP menu and I don't see  SATA or IDE  anywhere?


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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
I'm still guessing I have to replace... or somehow reload... the "BOOT LOADER"

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skywalker39Commented:
Can you give me which model HP computer you have?
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
It's from 2000 ... It's a Pavilion 7940......  Every forum or solution center is saying to just boot from CD... I've tried everything that I've seen online...  I just want the computer back to SCRATCH... nothing on it... just windows.. and I can start over.
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skywalker39Commented:
I would run some diagnostic test to make sure that your hard drive hasn't gone bad or has failed.
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
how do I do that?
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skywalker39Commented:
Get the UBCD Ultimate Boot CD, once you download the .iso image you'll have to burn it to cd. Once you have burned it to CD, restart your computer with the cd in your computer and boot from cd. There's hard drive tools that will scan, check your hard drive for problems.
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/nero6.html
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
It turns out that my brother tried folllowing some crappy directions online...  he had deleted the:

Boot.ini
Ntbootdd.sys
NTLDR
Pagefile.sys
Hiberfil.sys


These directions say that after deleting these you can start again from scratch... SO NOW.. Here I AM trying to solve this!!! :)  Damn..     So now knowing that these ARE missing... any words of wisdom for me?

Thanks
D
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GeisrudSystems AdministratorCommented:
None of those matter at this point, as they will all be recreated upon a clean installation.

Your symptoms at this point lead me to believe there's a hardware failure.  Again, I'm leaning towards your CD-ROM drive, but the HDD is possible as well.
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
I have the computer apart right now... There are 2 CD-ROM drives... ONLY ONE HAS BEEN WORKING.  The top one looks to be after market which has not been working... the bottom one appears as the factory that came with the computer.... The top one looked unpluged... So I plugged it in... Now the top one is opening...   Hopefully this CD Drive will work for the reboot

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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
OMG... I finally GOT SOMETHING!  So after plugging in the top CD-ROM I finally got it to start with the CD...

I'm now on a page that says:

Which windows installation would you like to log onto?
<To Cancel - Press Enter>

What Do I do next?

THanks for your patience

D
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
OK... CROSS YOUR FINGERS! :)
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
THANKS!
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
It was a CD-ROM issue... It was preventing me from booting the CD properly...

Thanks for everything

DJM
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skywalker39Commented:
I think that points should have been split.
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DJMgraphixAuthor Commented:
Ok... Anywhay to do that now?

Thanks,
D
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skywalker39Commented:
You are going to have to contact General Community Support.
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