"BOOTMGR is missing"

  307camel 07:53 07 Mar 2012

Help please.

HP G7000 Notebook PC. Computer has been running slow and a few music programs have continually crashed and remained in the "not responding" state for a while, recently.

Then, the laptop would only boot up to the login scren (VISTA) where you could not proceed any further (even if laptop left for over an hour).

Next day, managed to get into windows and do a few bits, albeit the computer was a bit slower and really struggled to open windows explorer etc. I took this opportunity to remove all files i required onto an external drive.

Tried to do a system restore (windows) but this just would not load up and kept crashing the machine.

Shut the computer down and decided i would try a "System recovery" (press F11 before boot up). Started recovering and then came up with error "0x400 100 130000 1002" and would not proceed any further.

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! So i get the recovery discs that were made when the laptop was purchase. Ask the BIOS to boot from disc and guess what nothing.

When i try to boot i just get a black screen and the message "BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart".

I have downloaded a Vista system recovery file and burnt to CD. Sounds like the laptop tries to read the CD but NOTHING. Just proceeds to the BOOTMGR message.

Thanks very much for any help!

  northumbria61 08:07 07 Mar 2012

Do you have a Vista Install Disc or can you borrow one?

Unfortunately "bootmgr" is a file you will need to get from a recovery disc or windows installation disc, you can borrow someone elses vista recovery or installation disc and do a windows repair and that will solve your issue but that is about all that will help.

  northumbria61 08:17 07 Mar 2012

Further - if you don't have an Vista Install Disc you could create a repair disc from someone else's computer and boot from that (instructions in the link) Applies to both Vista and Win 7

  307camel 09:43 07 Mar 2012

Thanks for your suggestions. Much appreciated.

I do not have a Vista install disc and do not know anyone who does?

A recovery DVD was made when the laptop was purchased but when i tried booting from this I had absolutely no luck!

I downloaded a Vista recovery disc and burnt this to CD but again the laptop ignored this disc. I did not have much confidence in the source.

I will give the above link a go this evening and see what happens. Do i literally just have to download the file, burn to disk and then boot with this CD in the drive?

What would be the cause of the problems I have encountered? Would it be viruses, corrupt files etc? Is this common for Vista?


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 09:50 07 Mar 2012

When you set the BIOS to boot from CD as first boot device , Do not forget to save and exit (F10)

  307camel 10:17 07 Mar 2012

Thanks "Fruit Bat".

I am pretty sure I did this and i did hear the drive making noises and the disc spinning so i think it did attempt to read the disc at boot.

Thanks for suggestion.

  robin_x 10:24 07 Mar 2012

Use unetbootin or Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool to burn the Vista Repair iso you downloaded to a Flash Stick/Card.

Make sure USB boot is enabled in BIOS after CD boot.

  307camel 10:56 07 Mar 2012

Thanks Robin,

Sorry, I dont fully understand your recommendation; excuse my ignorance.

i) Why not just burn to DVD?

ii) If i did use a flash drive, why do i have to use "unetbootin" or "Windows 7"? Could i not just download straight onto flash drive or copy onto flash drive once downloaded to c://.

Many thanks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:16 07 Mar 2012

1 because your DVD drive doesn't appear to be booting

  1. the USB stick needs to be made bootable
  307camel 14:23 07 Mar 2012

Are CDs and DVDs always naturally bootable then? If so, how and why is this so.

This may be a silly question......

Fun and games in store this evening trying to rectify this!

Thanks guys

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:47 07 Mar 2012

Are CDs and DVDs always naturally bootable then

No they need software on them to make them bootable just as you hard drive needs bootmanager to make it bootable.

Op system install disks and recovery disks will have the required software to make them bootable.

You can make (burn) a bootable disk with most DVD burnerers there will be an option for this.

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