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Anyone familiar with a MBR-Error 3 laptop issue?

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  1. taberdude2

    taberdude2 Junior Member

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    I think my daughters laptop is attempting to die. She was on utube earlier and her laptop froze and shutdown. When we attempted to boot up again. It shows an MBR error 3.

    What does this mean?
     
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    sebamann1 Junior Member

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    master boot record is broken - windows can't boot anymore.

    insert xp/vista setup cd, let it load the blue screen, press "r" until it enters in the socalled
    "recovery mode" and then type "fixmbr" in an execution window. windows will ask you whether you're sure, press "y" and then enter.

    then restart and it should be fixed.

    edit: if the command "fixmbr" doesnt work, use the command "FIXBOOT /MBR".

    keep me updated please - my gf had the same earlier tonight and it's most likely a crappy virus
     
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    taberdude2 Junior Member

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    That sounds simple enough. The laptop we are using is a laptop that was sent from her school (she's homeschooled) and they did not send a boot disk with it.

    Is there a way to get a free boot disk somewhere? Torrent site-etc?

    The OS is xp and its a HP Compaq 6710b.

    Damn if it a virus-it slipped past Malwarebytes and Avira.
     
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    download an xp cd from a warez site or torrent, but make sure it's not slipstreamed and it's the same service pack. so if she has SP2, then make sure it's SP2, because if it's SP1 or SP3, it'll give you a bluescreen. same goes for slipstreaming.

    it doesn't really matter whether they are legal or not - you are not installing a windows version, after all, you are just repairing a windows component

    try looking for msdn cd's on thepiratebay is my advice. they are the original ms cd's without slipstreaming :)

    hope to have helped you!


    btw: no worries, mbr problems are purely os related and do not pose a threat of dataloss/os reinstallation in 99% of cases
     
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    taberdude2 Junior Member

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    Off to go try that-I'll report back.:)
     
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    and? give me an update pls ;)