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By charlespinsent ·
i have a compaq deskpro xe.i don't have any disks or cd's with it.was getting the error message "invalid system disk,replace disk and press any key."well the only way to get this machine to do any kind of boot was with a windows 98 boot disk.after format which seemed to go ok,i would reboot and then i would get the message "PCI READ CONFIGERATION FAILURE,ABORTING INSTALLATION."

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by dmiles In reply to formating

The first part of the question would suggest that you were getting error message due to a bad battery,memory problem or hard drive.
Now the BIOS is trying to read the WIN 98 disk and it does not match the configuration setup of the compaq restore disk
Use the startup disk and boot computer at command prompt type FDISK /MBR
Now make sure you have the drivers for the hardware and use FDISK to partition and format the drive,then run SETUP.EXE

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by TheChas In reply to formating

If you formatted the HDD.
You need to install an OS.

The error is likely a bios post error.
Go into BIOS setup, l
ocate the reset configuration data entry,
set this to enable.

If that doesn't eliminate the error, you may have a bad PCI card, or the MB may have a problem.

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by TechKid In reply to formating

The first error is caused 99% of the time by a floppy in the drive when you boot your computer. Are you sure you didn't have one in the drive when you got the error?

At any rate, everything you had on your computer is now gone. You need to buy a copy of windows to install or call Compaq to get new restore disks. I would call Compaq for news disks since it's the easiest for novice users. Once you have them it's fairly easy to run the restore disks and get your machine up and running like new.Provided there aren't any hardware failures.

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