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Posted on Saturday, December 30, 2000 - 7:09 am:   

To make a long story short, my neighbor gave me his old computer. All I want to do with it is to see if I can get it up and running again.

The problem is when I started up the computer I received this air message, (No Rom Basic, System Halted).

I believe I could cure my problems if I could install Dos, but I don't know how to do it. The problem is, I have DOS on the old floppy 5-1/4 disks, and the software will only let me install in drive A:\. Which is a modern 1.44 drive. I tried switching the drives in the BIOS, but this did not work. I tried using Xcopy, but all I got was wrong DOS version. I know this is pretty vague, but it gets the ball rolling.
Vera (Vera)
Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2000 - 10:49 am:   

it sounds like the partion on your drive has not been set as active. do you have a boot floppy with fdisk on it? run fdisk and choose option 2 to set active partition. there are pages within this site to help with fdisk and format. hope this helps
Posted on Monday, January 1, 2001 - 5:22 am:   

Thanks Vera. I followed your advice, and it corrected my problem.

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