fastfat.sys file missing windows xp won't boot need clarification on previous answer
Posted on 2009-05-08
i have an ibm thinkpad t42 that wont boot.
i searched around EE and found what it thought was a jackpot answer: ID 19351197
it has instructions:
1-Insert your windowsXP CD-ROM
2-Reset your PC, and choose to boot from cd.
3-Allow the computer to go through the process which appears to be installing windowsXP.
4-When it is complete choose the option to use the recovery console.
5-Tap in the WindowsXP system, you would press 1 for most computers, and press enter.
6-Type the following-
COPY D:\I386\FASTFAT.SY_ C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\FASTFAT.SYS
(where d:\ is your cd drive which you have WinXP cdrom & where c: is your hard drive where WinXP is installed)
7-Hit Y to overwrite, if you get the option.
8-Once the file has copied, and automaticly decompressed, take your WindowsXP CD-ROM from you cd drive.
Your computer should boot and run with no problems. Assuming FASTFAT.SYS was your only problem.
i have tried this repeatedly - but i keep getting messages - the most common of which is something like:
"the file name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect"
I also got a lot of:
the specified file could not be located.
Now, I have never performed these types of operations - so am not sure if I am doing something wrong. one thing I think i found by doing HELP /? and looking at the info for the COPY command is that the destination should be in [brackets]? or am i just reading the help info wrong?
also - when the Recovery Console first asks which system i want to log on to - there are two choices:
the instructions say that for most computers - type 1.
for the record, i have tried both
and I have tried numerous iterations of the COPY command.
Not sure what I am doing wrong.
When it says "file specified cannot be found" i tried using the copy command to put the file there by leaving off the fastfat.sys and just ending the command with \drivers - but no luck
Can someone help me out?
I am around if any questions - hoping to get this fixed - if this is the problem - and get this laptop shipped out by Fedex this evening (Eastern Time)