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    Boot Problem (V 5.1.2600, SP1)

    Just recently I started having a problem when I try to boot up. Before Win XP even starts loading I get the message "press any key to reboot". Of course, if I do that the whole cycle starts over again. I can boot OK from a floppy containing only 3 files: ntldr ; ntdtect.com ; and boot.ini. I thought maybe these files on the HD were corrupted so I copied the ones from the floppy to the HD, but same thing happens. The HD is jumpered to master and it shows as the master on the primary IDE during the initial start up screen. Any thoughts on what the problem might be will be appreciated.

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    Re: Boot Problem (V 5.1.2600, SP1)

    Could be a memory problem. Or a power problem. Or a disk problem. Or ... almost any hardware at that point. If you have more than one 'stick' of memory try removing one and see if it will boot. Then try the other. Can you boot to safe mode?

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    Re: Boot Problem (V 5.1.2600, SP1)

    Sounds like your MBR has become corrupt. Do you know how to use Recovery Console to Fix your Master Boot Record?

    Before you try the above, go into BIOS and make sure it is reconizing your Hard Drive correctly.

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    Re: Boot Problem (V 5.1.2600, SP1)

    Try booting with your Windows CD-ROM and performing a repair. I think Cowboy's right, your boot sector may be <img src=/S/hosed.gif border=0 alt=hosed width=73 height=24> - and this is a simple first step to find out.
    -Mark

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