05-23-2009 09:40 AM
I have searched and did not see this type of problem, if this is a duplicate post , sorry
I have never been to this group before and hope you can help, I will do my best to
discribe my problem.
I am working on a T61 for a friend
He messed it up and wanted to do a system restore, it did not work
He order the disks directly from Lenovo, he got a system restore, an add on, and 6 disks which I'm
assuming are the XP operating system.
I used the restore disk, first oddity
The instructions say I should be prompted for a few answers before beginning. I am not prompted,
but rather it just starts the restore, then prompts me to remove the disk and reboot.
Second oddity, when the pc boots, I get the 'ntldr is compressed message'
thanks to this group, I found the fix for this is to boot from a standard XP disk, then use restore console
to uncompress ntldr.
When I boot with my XP disk, I get to the prompt to run the restore console, when I press yes,
the system comes back with a 'no hard drive found' message.
I have run the hard disk verification utility in cmos, it reports no problems with the hard drive.
So, I am stuck at the ntldr is compressed message, I have done this procedure at least ten times, always
with the same result.
Any help would be great.
If this is not the correct place for this post, I'm sorry.
05-23-2009 11:00 AM
please refer to this clean install guide for XP.
You need to go into bios and turn hdd mode from AHCI to compatible, before installing from a XP cd.
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05-23-2009 06:26 PM
This worked great, thanks
I have another problem now.
I used the system recovery disks to restore the pc to factory, inserted the 6 disks
and it said it did it ok.
I removed the cd's and rebooted
Now when I boot, it keeps coming up to the system restore menu again and again
and never starts windows