IN SERIOUS NEED OF HELP WITH i386 BASED AMD PC

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I NEED SERIOUS HELP WITH UNDERSTANDING A PROBLEM, MY MAIN PC GAVE ME A MESSAGE THAT NTLDR IS MISSING I USED THE VARIOUS ADVISORY METHODS BUT WHEN USING THE FIXMBR OPTION I GET A MESSAGE SAYING CANNOT FIND SYSTEM DRIVE, OR DRIVE INVALID. EVEN USING XP INSTALL DISK OR SYSTEM RESTORE FACILITIES I CANNOT BOOT UP, PLEASE CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG, IS IT MY PC ITSELF OR JUST THE HARD DRIVE AND IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO, I EVEN COPIED THE I 386 FILE FROM DRIVE E TO DRIVE C AS INSTRUCTED
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Welcome to Ozzu Deano. I seriously doubt the Windows XP disk will be of any use on a 386. You might want to find yourself an old copy of MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11.

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http://support.microsoft.com/default.as ... US;q314057

Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter "E". This letter may be different on your computer.

copy e:\i386\ntldr c:
copy ntdetect.com c:


Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.


You have replaced the Hard Disk (drive) ? recently

ok ...... go into your bios ..... hold F2 down during reboot ......then change the boot secuence so that you boot first from the cd rom ......

then there's this ,,,

if Windows 95 or 98 has been installed on a drive with the FAT32 file system.

To correct the problem, you must boot the computer with a Windows 95 or 98 Startup diskette or another bootable diskette with sys.com on it. Then, at the "A:\>" prompt, type "sys c:" and press "enter." A "System Transferred" prompt should appear and then the user must reboot the computer without the diskette.


hope it helps.

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