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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by vjkelton, Jan 10, 2002.

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  1. vjkelton

    vjkelton Thread Starter

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    Hello...after starting my older computer it starts downloading and then it stops on system configurations.....at the bottom of the screen it says...invalid system disk...replace the disk, and then press any key......uuuuuggggg!!!! what disk...they tried windows again and nothing...please tell me what they did to my other computer...it was nice having another to fall back on and now we don't.....:( thank-you for any help you can give me on this matter.... Vicki
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

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    First make sure there is no floppy disk in the floppy drive, as that will result in an "invalid system disk" error.

    Some times doing a sys c: from a boot disk (you must use one for the Windows version installed), will set things straight

    See the info in the link below.

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

    If you don't have a boot disk for the machine, you can create one from the files at www.bootdisk.com

    Use a blank, formatted floppy and create the boot disk by running the install program you download -- just follow the prompts.

    And welcome to TSG :)
     
  3. vjkelton

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    Co-Processor:Installed Extended Memory:23552K
    CPU Clock:90MHz Cache Memory:512K
    Diskette Drive A:1044M,3.5 in. Display Type:EGA/VGA
    Diskette DriveB:None Serial Ports:3F8 2F8
    Pri.MasterDisk:LBA,Mode4,1282MB ParallelPorts:378
    Pri.SlaveDisk:CDROM,Mode3 Bank0DRAMType:EDO
    Sec.MasterDisk:None Bank1DRAMYtpe:FP
    SecSlaveDisk:None Bank2DRAMType:None
    PCI device listing.....
    BusNo.DeviceNo.FuncNo.VendorID DeviceID IRQ
    0 1 1 1039 5513 14
    Device Class
    IDE Controller


    Invalid system disk
    Replace the disk, and then press any key
    OK THIS IS WHAT MY SCREEN SAYS...THANKS TO ALL FOR YOU SUPPORT EARLIER..I TRIED THE DWNLD OF WINDOWS ON A FLOPPY , BUT IT STILL TELLS ME THE SAME THING .....I HATE BEING COMPUTER ILLITERATE!! HELP ME!! PLEASE......THANKS ...VICKI:confused:
     
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    Please respond to this thread and not create new ones with your replies.

    Did you run the file you downloaded so it extracted the files to a floppy disk. Just copying the file to the floppy won't work, it needs to be ran to uncompress the files.

    Leaving the disk in the floppy drive and restarting the machine did you see the machine try to access the floppy drive, you should have noticed it trying to read the disk.
     
  5. vjkelton

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    I hope I'm posting a reply instead of creating a new thread for god's sake!!!!!! I told you I was computer illiterate....forgive me!!! :rolleyes: I'm going to let my daughter tell you what happened....Okay, Initially the computer said that a file called "HIMEM.SYS" was missing, so I grabbed the boot disk and popped it in. The computer said I had to choose what to fix so I chose the partition files(or something like that) and the boot file or something. Then, once you started the computer it would say Invalid system disk(refering to the C drive). I decided to change the boot sequence from "C,A,SCSI" to "A,C,SCSI". So, I placed the Windows98 boot disk into the A drive and it loaded and said that it was preparing to start my computer (which it didn't) but i was able to get to the command prompt, then i typed "SYS.COM" which i was told to do by my working computer and the computer said " required parameter missing" so that is where we stand as of now. Apparently the C drive is an invalid system disk. Yes, I RAN the disks. Thank-You, Ashlie
     
  6. Mosaic1

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    running Sys.com makes the Hard Drive a system disk.
    The command for that, from the A prompt. is
    sys C: Press enter
    after you have started the computer with the bootdisk in the floppy drive. This transfers the system files to the disk->>system disk
    However, if you are missing Himem.sys that has to be transferred seperately to the Windows Folder. That command is(from the A prompt)
    Copy Himem.sys C:\windows Press enter

    When you use the bootdisk it does start your computer. It just doesn't start Windows. It gets you to the A:\> (A Prompt)

    It will ask you if you want CD support. Say no to that.
     
  7. vjkelton

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    Mosaic 1....thank-you....now it says :
    Bad command or file name
    path not found-:\COMMAND.COM
    File not found-extract.exe
    File not found-readme.txt
    Please insert Windows 98 Startup Disk 2
    Press any key to continue....
     
  8. Mosaic1

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    let's start over. Go here to Download the bootdisk for your operating system.
    http://www.user-friendly.net/download/download.htm

    Download the bootdisk to your desktop and then find the exe file. For instance boot98se.exe if you have win98 Second edition. Put a clean floppy in the Drive and double click on the exe file to create a bootdisk.
    Start the problem computer with the boot floppy in the drive. Do not accept CD support when it asks.

    At the prompt type
    Sys C: Press enter
    You should get a message saying system transferred.
    Next step.
    This command
    copy Himem.sys C:\windows

    Make sure you press the spacebar after sys. Like this:
    copy (spacebar) Himem.sys (Spacebar) C:\windows
    Press enter
    At the next prompt type this:
    C: and press enter

    that should get you to a C prompt. Looks like this:
    C:\>
    Remove the boot floppy from the drive.
    Type win and press enter
    or press CTRL+ALT+DEL
    That will start Windows if it worked.
     
  9. vjkelton

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    I'm sure you are getting tired of me , but, I did what you said step by step and we are still at the same place ..and if you press a key it says :

    Please insert Windows 98 Startup Disk 2
    Press any key to continue...

    Thanks M
     
  10. Mosaic1

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    Found your answer at Microsoft.
    Look here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=KB;EN-US;q195229

    Just have to rename a couple of files on the hard drive.
    Autoexec.bat and config.sys

    EDIT: I am not getting tired of you. You followed the directions and are doing your best. It's your computer I hate. LOL I hate mine too sometimes. I think we may just have it now. Good Luck.
     
  11. vjkelton

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    OK...went to the site and sure enough that's just what it is doing....we did what it said to do and now we are back at
    Co-Processor:Installed Extended Memory:23552K
    CPU Clock:90MHz Cache Memory:512K
    Diskette Drive A:1044M,3.5 in. Display Type:EGA/VGA
    Diskette DriveB:None Serial Ports:3F8 2F8
    Pri.MasterDisk:LBA,Mode4,1282MB ParallelPorts:378
    Pri.SlaveDisk:CDROM,Mode3 Bank0DRAMType:EDO
    Sec.MasterDisk:None Bank1DRAMYtpe:FP
    SecSlaveDisk:None Bank2DRAMType:None
    PCI device listing.....
    BusNo.DeviceNo.FuncNo.VendorID DeviceID IRQ
    0 1 1 1039 5513 14
    Device Class
    IDE Controller
    except for telling us invalid system disk it says:
    C:\>
    is this where we want to be???
     
  12. Mosaic1

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    I think so. Go back and read my post with the directions to transfer the system files and Himem.sys. After you do that, see if you can start Windows.
    It's late here and I am about to sign off. I know others will be along to help you out.
    Good luck.
     
  13. vjkelton

    vjkelton Thread Starter

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    hello again...now it says :
    required parameter missing


    what the heck????
    Goodnight to Mosaic 1 , and thanks for all your help tonight....anyone else want to take this on?

    Any ideas???
     
  14. Rollin' Rog

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    After loading the startup disk you should be at the a:\> prompt

    It is from there that you enter

    sys c:

    if you did it from the c:\> prompt, that would explain the message.

    If you get the "system files transferred" message, then remove the boot disk and do a ctrl-alt-del to restart.

    If you continue to get that error message, enter:

    fdisk /status

    and verify that your partition and drive space is properly recognized and reported.
     
  15. vjkelton

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    OK Rolling....thanks...it says system transferred
    then we were told to type in:
    copy Himem.sys C:\windows
    and then it asks: Overwrite C:\windows (Yes/No/All)?
     
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