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So one of my rigs randomly restarted and when it did after the BIOS screen came up with the error message

NTLDR is missing
Press any key to continue.

I tried to repair the install with Windows XP and that did not work so I did a complete reinstall of Windows and still did not fix it.

Here is the weird part. If the windows XP cd is in the CD-ROM drive on boot up it will work fine, however if the cd is not in the drive then it will bring up the error above then.

This is off a complete fresh install with nothing else installed on the system.

Any ideas.
Thanks in advance Strider..
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Did you format during your reinstall?
    
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I just experienced the exact same error and I believe it was related to the DVD drive. It is a newer type that is also DVD RAM and that is how it was viewed in Windows. If you go into the BIOS and select the menu for Boot and look at the Boot devices and go throught he selection you might find that you have selected CD ROM as a boot device when actually there is an option for DVD ROM--which would be the correct choice. Another setting I believe was related to this was the "Plug n PLay OS" option in BIOS which I enabled--otherwise the BIOS forces the peripheral device allocation and detection.

Hope that helps. It cured my problem.

It is not a disk read error (I tried different XP CDs) and it is not a lost or corrupt file error either--it is a hardware misnomeration error I believe.
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Have you checked your Boot device order in your BIOS?
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I just put the hard drive as the first priority....Apparently it did not like that the cd drive was first...Thanks guys
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There ya go. Especially if it is a newer DVD.
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