I have a problem with my laptop which has happened once before and was resolved successfully by a technician. Basically, my laptop switches on but Windows does not boot. No option of starting Windows works eg. Safe Mode, Last Known Configuration etc - they are all useless. Also occasionally the computer starts to beep.
I know that this can be resolved successfully and without loss/damage of data because, as I said, it was fixed once before a couple of years ago. This is only the second time it has ever been done. I've heard that one can reboot from a floppy disk but I don't have a disk drive on my laptop. Does anybody know how I can boot into Windows without losing data to repair Windows?
(I am not very good with computers btw). It is important as I have a lot of important data on there at the moment, and by memory is running exceedingly low, which perhaps (?) was part of the problem.
Thanks very much in advance, much appreciated.
what actually appens when u turn it on? ntldr missing?
ok, put in the XP CD and do a repair
Ok, will try. You think there's a good chance it will succeed?
I'm on the BIOS settings and **** scared I will press something wrong which will completely **** the PC up and lose the data. But I'm guessing I just have to change the boot setting from Hard Drive to OS, yes? However, I should also mention at this point that I didn't have an OS XP disc so I had to download one using a programme. (My laptop doesn't have floppy disk drive).
After you've set the boot option to the CD drive, put in the CD and restart.
Hi again, thanks for your help so far both of you. Ok, so things aren't going so well. I downloaded a programme to create a bootable CD, and either the CD didn't work or the BIOS settings haven't changed, because neither solves the problem. The CD was created using BartPE softward, although I'm not convinced it worked tbh, and the BIOS settings on my computer are a little confusing, because CD drive is not listed, just Network, Hard Drive, Floppy Disk and Operating System. Is it just the latter? It's a PhoenixBIOS system and a little difficult, working from a Sony laptop. Thanks for any further input...Cheers.
I should also mention that although the programme acts as if it has written the CD, the CD always looks empty in my computer?
I got it working with an XP recovery disk. Thanks everyone for all your help and advice, much appreciated.