From: Elmo on
me(a) wrote:
> On Mon, 28 Dec 2009 21:14:34 +0000, Jim <bojimbo261(a)> wrote:
>> On Mon, 28 Dec 2009 16:13:13 +0000, <me(a)> wrote:
>>> On Mon, 28 Dec 2009 10:37:43 -0500, "Daave" <daave(a)> wrote:
>>>> me(a) wrote:
>>>>> A friend has brought me his XP netbook which will not boot.
>>>> What is the make and model?
>>> Medion E1210
>>>> Are you saying that Windows won't boot? Or that the PC won't boot? (That
>>>> is, you are unable even to access the BIOS?)
>>> Windows won't boot. A file is missing in "System" folder.
>> What is the file name ?
> None specified. Only the system folder was named. I have done a fresh
> install but the drivers are missing. I shall try to speak to Medion
> tomorrow.
>>>> Is there a problem with the battery? Is there an AC adapter you can use?
>>> No
>>>>> The restore option calls for the original CD.
>>>> Was this from the official documentation?
>>> It is from the original setup of Windows
>>>>> Since the netbook has no CD player that is not an option.
>>>> If those are the instructions, that is the only option. You will need to
>>>> attach an external optical drive and configure the BIOS to boot off of
>>>> it. This information should be in the documentation. If you can't find
>>>> it, we should be able to guide you.
>>>>> I suspect that there will be the usual
>>>>> recovery partition.
>>>> Probably not if the manufacturer supplied a CD.
>>>> Speaking of...
>>> No. I only had a quick look but I believe that it is a bootable CD
>>> that will allow me to access a recovery partition.
>>>> Is it an actual Windows XP installation CD? Or some sort of
>>>> Recovery/Restoration disk?
>>>>> At my disposal I have I have my own laptop and two desktops, all
>>>>> running XP Pro; a 16GB memory stick;Acronis True Image software for
>>>>> capturing and restoring images; Isobuster; Nero which will create an
>>>>> iso;; and quite a lot of experiiiiience.
>>>>> How can I get this netbook to boot normally?
>>>> You really need an external CD drive.
>>> I can borrow one but ideally I need to convert the CD to a memory
>>> stick.>

Perhaps the message was "Windows could not start because the following
file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM". If so,
the registry file, System is missing or corrupted, not a file in that

Joe =o)
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