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Operating System not found

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by kaibab, Dec 19, 2001.

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  1. kaibab

    kaibab Thread Starter

    Dec 19, 2001
    I have a Sony 300mhz with Windows 98. When I start my computer I get a blank black screen with the message in white text "Operating system not found". When I try the Restore CD, the first screen to appear is the screen with the Sony name. When this is finished, the second screen to appear is a blank white screen with a blinking black cursor. I tried pressing F3 when I was at the Sony screen, but still got the blank screen with blinking cursor. Any suggestions? Thank you for your help.
  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    Hi kaibab and welcome to TSG. Try the suggestions on this link. Sometimes the error is due to damaged system files. Booting with a write protected (to avoid cross infection if a virus is involved) startup disk and entering sys c: (from the a:\> prompt) may fix this.

    You should get a "system files transfered" message. Then remove the floppy and ctrl-alt-del to reboot. You can also try fdisk /mbr if that fails, but this should not be applied if there is more than 4 partitions or disk overlay software installed.

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