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I have a Pentium II 266 home PC. It always worked fine, then I turned it on and before it got to the desktop screen I got the following messages: "Disk I/O error. The following file is missing
or corrupted - Sample.sys. There is an error in your config.sys file on line 12. Device driver not found 'OEMCD001'. No valid CD Rom device drivers selected. Invalid drive directory. Bad command or file name". I unplugged, rebooted, etc. but still get the same messages! I am pretty much computer illiterate, can someone explain to me in plain English what to do to fix this? Thanks-
 

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Boot to Safe Mode:

(tap F8 five times per second during a restart; Choose option number three (3) in the Windows Startup dialog box using the arrow keys below the Delete key, and strike the Enter key; Click Ok when prompted).

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To start System File Checker, follow these steps:
Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, click System Information, and then click System File Checker on the Tools menu.
 

meow

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Well - it won't do anything when tap f8 or anything else. a weird loud clicking noise comes from the tower of the PC. I'm thinking it is breaking down . Now, I get nothing on the screen but a black screen with a flashing white cursor...no response to any keys.
 

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you're doing it wrong but, you don't have to do SR in Safe Mode. Just skip the tap F8 part.

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Use System Restore to roll your computer back to a date to before when your computer worked right. Before the error(s) started occurring.

To start System Restore, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore. Or, in the Help and Support main screen, click Use System Restore under Fix a problem.
 

meow

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Hi Styxx- I can't do the system restore as I cannot get the start menu! As I said, all there is on screen is blackness and a white flashing cursor. No response from any keyboard keys, no desktop, no nothing. Just the loud clicking noises from the tower.
 
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