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By philon.andrews ·
I KEEP GETTING A MESSAGE ON START UP OF MY PC IT'S A BLANK SCREEN WITH THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE
INVALID SYSTEM DISK REPLACE DISK AND PRESS ANY KEY, the problem is there is no floppy drive on pc only cd rom and no disk is in pc.I tried restarting pc to no avail

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by philon.andrews In reply to WINDOWS 98 ISSUE

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by Ann777 In reply to WINDOWS 98 ISSUE

Do you have a boot floppy?

Sounds as if you hdd may have crashed or lost it's system bootup files.

Borrow a boot floppy (or create one from another Win98 computer), then see if you can access anything on the hdd. If the c: drive is accessible, but will not boot, then you may be able to add the boot files with a "sys c:"

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by eBob In reply to WINDOWS 98 ISSUE

Watch your PC when it boots up. There is a prompt saying to hold down one key or another to go into the BIOS. Often it's F12. Timing's important, you might have to try x2.

Go into the BIOS and see what devices it recognises, and also check the "boot order". Normally this is FDD -> CD-ROM -> HDD.

If there is no FDD but FDD (i.e., "Floppy Disk Drive") is part of the boot sequence, this may be part of the problem. (Did you recently pull the FDD, or is it a no-FDD system?)

For now, put HDDfirst.

Try rebooting. If still "no system disk" this means that the boot sector on your system is toast. Do you have any other drives to boot to, like a bootable CD, or 2nd HDD? If not you might be able to pull the HDD and stick it in another PC.

At least you can get a backup. Then FDISK/FORMAT and stick the HDD back in your broken PC. Reload your O/S then restore the data.

Phew!

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by hypersoniq MCSE In reply to WINDOWS 98 ISSUE

First, You should get a floppy drive for just such a problem, but since you don't have one...

1. Open up the case, check all data and power cabling from the hard drive to the motherboard.
2. While the case is open, write down the drive geometry (heads/cylinders/sectors/capacity)
3. If you have a multimeter, check the voltage of the CMOS battery, if it's dead, replace it

if you have no multimeter...
4. Enter the BIOS setup screen (usually DEL key or F1 ((F10 on CompaQs))) and manually enter the previously recorded hard drive parameters as a custom drive type (if auto-detect is failing, and it sounds like it is).
If this works, you need a new CMOS battery.

other probable causes...
HDD is crashed or burnt out
FlashBIOS Virus
Lightning damage (even if PC is unplugged during a storm, dangerous voltage spikes can travel thru a Phone Line or Ethernet Cable)

Hopefully that helps.

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by kcmeister In reply to WINDOWS 98 ISSUE

Quick form of diagnosis: Is the hard drive recognized in the bios? As soon as pc fires up press either F2 or delete key to get into setup (bios). If no hdd is recognized then either the hard drive is dead, the cable is bad, or the motherboard controller is the issue. Most likely hard drive dead. Make sure no cd-rom disk in cd-rom drive. will cause that error. simplest way of determining problem.
Good luck! Respond with further clarification.
kcmeister

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