"NTLDR missing" after 5-RELEASE install

Peter Ulrich Kruppa root at pukruppa.de
Sun Sep 26 18:40:28 PDT 2004

On Sat, 25 Sep 2004, Steve Hodgson wrote:

> On Tuesday 25 February 2003 16:58, Andrew Boothman wrote:
>> Quoting Lucas Holt <luke at foolishgames.com>:
>>> It probably is.  You need to put in the win 2k CD and do a repair on
>>> your windows install.. unfortunetely this may screw up your freebsd
>>> install.
>>> On Tuesday, February 25, 2003, at 05:58  AM, Andrew Boothman wrote:
>>>> Hi!
>>>> I've just installed 5-RELEASE, and I asked for the FreeBSD Boot
>>>> Manager to be installed on both my HDDs.
>>>> When the machine boots I'm given options for :
>>>> F1 - DOS
>>>> F5 - Drive 2
>>>> Hitting F5 takes me to a second menu, where I can boot FreeBSD no
>>>> problem. My problem is that Win2k will no longer boot.... Hitting F1
>>>> displays a message that, "NTLDR is missing". I've tried all the repair
>>>> options on the Win2k setup disc to no avail I think.
>>>> I'm sorry this isn't directly FreeBSD related, but I really hope my
>>>> Win2k installation isn't hosed.
>> Thanks for replying!
I didn't follow your thread completely.
Did yo have a look at
? This is about missing NTLDRs.



>> I can't understand how the 5.x boot manager has managed to break my windows
>> boot, i've never had any trouble under 3.x or 4.x, both of which played
>> with windows perfectly nicely.
>> I think i've tried all of the various repair options on the Win2k CD,
>> including getting it to do a fresh installation into a different folder
>> (c:\tempwin), but even that failed with the "NTLDR missing" message!
>> However you no longer get the booteasy (F1.... F2) menu anymore, so Windows
>> must have rewritten something. It still doesn't explain why Win2k still
>> won't boot.
>> I'm running out of ideas and I *really* don't want to have to reformat my
>> windows drive!
>> Other than this (fairly major) problem, my 5.0 installation went really
>> well, even ACPI seems to be working perfectly and I even found a KLD to
>> support my on- board sound card! :)
>> I really want to get windows booting again so I can continue to play with
>> 5.0 without worrying...
>> Any help is much appricated!
> It could well be that windows has become confused about the partition
> numbering. the important file is c:\boot.ini. It will have a line like...
> multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows" /fastdetect
> I can't recall what all the numbers mean and IIRC documentation is slightly
> scant, but try changing the numbers, in particular the partition() part and
> see if that helps. Since you can't boot windows its not obvious how to edit
> the file, recovery console or knoppix are the two methods i would try.
> Steve
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