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« on: March 09, 2006, 06:39:57 AM »

I have a Toshiba Portege 3480CT, which was running Windows 2000 Professional and until this past weekend worked fine.  My husband has a habit of closing laptops without shutting them down (his goes to standby no problem, I have a feeling this practice somehow screwed mine up, though).  Anyway, now the little bar that measures the progress of startup only gets about 4 of 50 little spaces filled, and then gives the error message:

"Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:  \WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMced startup options for Windows 2000, press F8.

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows 2000
Setup using the original Setup floppy disk or CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."

So, I went and bought a Windows disc (XP this time), since I didn't own one.  I also went and bought an external disc drive, since this superlight teeny laptop didn't have one.  Now I have a catch 22.  I can't run the Windows disc until my computer recognizes the disc drive, but I can't get it to recognize the disc drive until it's running Windows.

I have attempted every option after hitting F8--safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, last known good configuration, etc.  Nothing does anything.  It just attempts to boot and comes up with the same error message as above.  Is there anything else I can do?  Any keys to immediately prompt to DOS, and then possibly use the DOS prompt to run the software for the external disc drive and/or the new Windows startup disc?  PLEASE HELP!  Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2006, 03:59:00 PM »

Heres some things to look over and try

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb%3BEN-US%3B306038

http://support.microsoft.com/?id=269075
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