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I reformatted my hard drive-put in a boot up disk (I think it was the wrong one)-When it got done reading from the floppy I rebooted. Now when I turned the computer back on it said there was a system disk error,retry,abort,fail. There is no disk in the floppy drive. The light on the floppy drive also does not come on. I am stuck there and now I cannot load Windows 95 back on. How do I get out of here and start over? Please help!
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by:jrgaylor
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go into your cmos program and see if your floppy drive is listed.
what computer are you accessing the internet with, does it have win95, if so get a start up disk from it if possible that way when you get your drive in operation you will know you have the correct boot disk. have you had your computer apart and might have loosened a cable? or power ?
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by:GLangan
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Will your computer still boot from floppy?
Did you use /s  option when you formated?
Becareful when using different Win95 boot disk, 95a and 95b are not interchangeable
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by:katzeyez
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I did not use /s when formatting. I went to the CMOS and the floppy is listed. The boot disk I installed was from my Pentium II using Win 95b. The computer I used the boot disk on is not a Pentium II but it is running Windows 95b also. The exact error I get is "Invalid System disk--Replace disk and press any key" I cannot get it to do anything else. I need this computer up and running a.s.a.p. What now?
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you are getting the error without a disk being in the drive?
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by:katzeyez
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Yes
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IS the drive being accessed
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IS the drive being accessed
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by:katzeyez
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No. Nothing seems to be happening with the floppy drive. I am getting a headache over this. I have reformatted hard drives over 5 times now. I have never had this problem.
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by:jrgaylor
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I have felt such frustration before.
try going to your cmos setup program and have the computer boot from a: then c:
do you have a floppy drive you can swap into your computer to see if the floppy is bad?
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by:katzeyez
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I know the floppy is good because I just used it today on another computer. As far as the CMOS--I know how to get there but what exactly do I do to tell it to boot as you stated? (Thanks for being here.)
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by:katzeyez
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You don't have to bother to answer the last question. I went to the CMOS and figured it out. Guess what? It worked! I am now FINALLY at the A prompt. You are a God send. Thank you for you help.
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Glad I could help
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If you want to give me the points
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You earned them. But---I have one more problem now. The computer won't let me use the keys,a,d,: so now I can't tell it to go to the D: drive or C: drive. It's not my day.
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try to swap out the keyboard for a second so you see if it is the keyboard or not
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by:katzeyez
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explain. I can't use every other key from the a key to the quotation mark. I can't believe you are still with me.
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try unpluging the keyboard you are typing on (pentium2 machine i assume) and plug it in the machine that the keyboard is messing up on and see it the keyboard function properly
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by:katzeyez
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It's the keyboard! It's 2:00am! I am so tired! Thank you again. I am going to sleep now. If I ever need help again I sure hope you answer me.
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Glad to help when I can.
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