NTLDR is missing, yet I don't even use Windows?

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    NTLDR is missing, yet I don't even use Windows?

    I am putting together a new computer, and when I tried to start it up this morning, it said "NTLDR is Missing, Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart computer." Problem is, I don't even use a windows based OS yet, in fact, I was trying to boot off of a Windows ME boot disk. A WinME boot disk doesn't use NTLDR. But the floppy light doesn't even light up, and I got it set up to boot from floppy first. The harddrive has no OS on it, and it is currently formatted NTFS (although that will change to Ext3 once I get Linux installed).

    Oh, and if you need some info:
    Soyo SY-6BA+IV Mobo
    64MB PC100 SDRAM
    Intel PII @ 400 MHz
    GeForce 4 MX 440 w/ 64MB DDR VRAM
    Creative Labs 32-bit Sound Blaster Card
    56k V.92 Modem
    Seagate 5200 RPM 10 GB Internal HDD
    1.44 MB 3.5" Floppy drive
    24x CD-ROM
    1.2 MB 5.25" Floppy Drive

    I'm about to drop a 128MB stick of RAM in there, and a 32x8x42 CD-RW drive. The chip I got for free, so that is why it is just a PII (the motherboard supports up to a 850MHz Pentium III, which I'm going to upgrade it to. This dude is going to sell me one for $22)

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    The NTLDR message has nothing to do with Windows. I have only experienced it with corrupt partitions (or Bad Sectors), and when a HD from a removable bay wasn't inserted fully. Last time it happened to my HD (as a result of bad sectors) I ran CHKDSK from a CD and it fixed the inconsistency. Any kind of disk-checking / recovery utility should solve your problem, otherwise you got to clear your partition tables and star over again.
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    I'm trying to boot from floppy though. The computer doesn't even check the floppy. I tested the floppy in another machine and it worked. If I can boot from floppy I can run a format on the HDD.

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    Check your BIOS boot routines. Also, make sure that Rapid-POST (or similar) is turned off.
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    I got it set up like this:
    A, CDROM, C

    And fast POST is disabled.

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    Then it should be booting. Try www.bootdisk.com for some other boot disk images. If none of those work then consult your MotherBoard book.

    (and to mention the obvious: Make sure your floppy drive has power & that the Floppy drive is actually registered in your BIOS.)
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    You could also set it to boot from CD if you have a CD burner handy that you can use to make a boot CD (or you could just use the Windows ME disk)
    Away.

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    blakrat> Windows ME can't boot from CD, you must put a floppy in first

    Xei> the floppy is probably getting power, because when I go into the BIOS setup, it says the floppy drive is there and it is set up correctly.

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    If you have a burner, goto www.bootdisk.com and download something called: EBCD. It will allow you to boot to DOS 7.1 then you can load WinME install.
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