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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by xico, Jan 7, 2003.

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  1. xico

    xico Thread Starter

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    We're trying to start a win 98 that hasn't been used in awhile. After we found a ground out of place on a fan, we got a message: no system disk or error on disk. Replace and press any key to start.
    Any suggestions? . . .please? Oh, it's a Compaq.
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

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    The first thing to do is make sure you don't have a "non bootable" floppy disk in the drive. If nothing there, use a boot (startup disk) for the exact windows version installed and at the a:\> prompt enter:

    sys c:

    You should get a message "system files transferred". Remove the boot disk and ctrl-alt-del to reboot.

    Further info here:

    http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000229.htm

    And if you need a setup program for making a boot disk for that operating system, you can get one here.

    http://www.answersthatwork.com/Downright_pages/downrights_bootdisks.htm
     
  3. xico

    xico Thread Starter

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    Thanks Rollin' Rog. Thanks a million! This site is a real jewel! I am impressed. Thank you.
     
  4. Rollin' Rog

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    You're welcome, but let us know how you fare. Too often there are other problems and we have to get a bit lucky for this to work.
     
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