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Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2000 - 3:40 pm:   

why would I be getting the message missing operating system the pc turns on says what the system is then missing ...........sys. comes on, can't seem to get it to read the floppy even though the light comes on.
can anyone help or is this pc toast
Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2000 - 5:48 pm:   

would that be msdos.sys? did you try the startup disk?
Bob Zinn (Bobzinn)
Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2000 - 4:55 am:   

Can't boot from floppy or hard drive:
1) bad floppy and bad hard drive
2) bad floppy drive and bad hard drive
3) bad cable/drive controller
4) bad cmos settings/vrom (possible virus)
5) power supply problems
6) mother board problems
7) bad memory

Not necessarily in order of probability.

My trouble shooting would go something like this:

I would first try another floppy (write protected!), one that boots in another machine.

I would check the cmos settings and record them.
I might try resetting cmos to default values.
I might try reloading the flash rom.

Next I would open the case (power off) and 'wiggle' things around to re-establish good connections (metal tarnishes making connections go bad)

I would check power supply voltages or swap out with a good supply.

I would try good memory

I would swap controller boards

I would swap mother boards

Good luck.


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