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Invalid system disk during boot???

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Posted on Sunday, November 26, 2000 - 4:51 pm:   

My mother has an older 4x86 233 and made the mistake of trying to clean up files on her own. So she probably deleted somethig important. When you boot the system it goes thru its paces and just before starting windows it freezes and says "invalid system disk, please remove ect,ect,
The problem is the drives have nothing in them. I would like to just reformat the hard drive and start over. Any help would be greatful!!!

Thanks, Jay2fish
Posted on Monday, November 27, 2000 - 1:24 am:   

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Posted on Monday, November 27, 2000 - 10:00 am:   

I can see you may need help after the drive is formated, to install the DOS cd rom support, so you can install windows.

Let us know if that happens too :)
Posted on Monday, November 27, 2000 - 4:31 pm:   

I'm sorry!? I forgot to say that the system won't even boot with the start-up disk. Because of this I am unable to start fdisk and then format. I still come up "invalid system disk" with the boot disk in the drive. I have noticed that the floppy drive light does not come on while booting up. I watched and it said that it found all the drives OK. It freezes right before it loads the "String commands" I think this is what they are called. Maybe this discription will help a little more! Thanks Again,
Posted on Monday, November 27, 2000 - 4:44 pm:   

Sounds like you need to temporarily change the boot sequence in the bios.

Make sure A: is the first boot source selected in the bios, or sometimes called setup.

Many times you enter the setup by hitting DEL as the system boots up.

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