A couple of weeks ago, our Dell computer went blank. After going through all of the F8 menu options, I finally got the following error message,
"Windows could not start because the following file is
missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\AppPatch\drvmain.sdb"
It follows: "You can repair the file by starting windows
setup using the original setup cd-rom. Select 'r' at the
first screen to start repair."
My problem is there is no first screen or "r" to select.
Although I do have a Windows XP startup disk, my built in drive doesn't work. I have a dvd and a cd connected by USB. But, the system doesn't recognize them.
How can I repair the file or by-pass the internal cd to get to the USB ports to load it from the disk?