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disk I/O error

My Pc has a floppy drive and a hard disk with Windows 98.
When I boot the PC, after reading the keyboard, the mouse, floppy drive and the hard disk, I got the following error and dose not boot
Disk I/O error
replace the disk and press any key.

please help

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fuad2
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slink9Commented:
Is the hard drive detected properly by the BIOS?  If so, your hard drive may have died.  If not, go into the BIOS and put the hard drive parameters in there and see if it will boot then.  You have, of course, made sure you don't have a floppy in the drive, haven't you?
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dbruntonCommented:
You have asked this question twice.  Please delete the other one.

Read slink9s post.

Get a bootdisk from www.bootdisk.com

Boot your computer from it.  Type the following line in and press Enter

c:

Does your machine show c:\>

If not then you have a disk problem.   Other possibilities are to check for loose cables (power and IDE).

If it does show c:\> your problems could be virus infectiion or partitiion table problems.

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AjninCommented:
Another thing to check is run FDISK and be sure to set your first prtition to active.
Regards
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hendrik999Commented:
If you you can see C:> as mentioned by dbrunton then...
Download the free virus DOS boot disk from MacAfee and check if your PC has a virus.

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slink9Commented:
I/O = Idiot Operator
DEU = Defective End User
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fuad2Author Commented:
Slink9

may be it applies to you.
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slink9Commented:
Okee dokee.  A little humor begets a little wrath.  Some people can't take a joke.
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hendrik999Commented:
Try to boot from a clean virus free startup disk.
Then give the command 'fdisk /mbr' for a clean master boot record.
Then backup your current msdos.sys file via.
  c: | cd\ | attrib msdos.sys -h -r -s
  copy msdos.sys msdos.org
Go to the a-drive and give the command 'sys c:' to put back the system files on your hard drive.
Then
  c: | cd\ | attrib msdos.sys -h -r -s
  copy msdos.org msdos.sys
Now try to reboot your system and see what happens.
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slink9Commented:
Maybe fuad2 is not interesting in giving us feedback.  The only response from the poster has been to "rebut" my comedy about computer idioms.  fuad2, please help us to help you by providing some feedback.  Does the BIOS see the hard drive?
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fuad2Author Commented:
Slink9

Sorry for the misunderstanding. The reason I did not provide you with a feedback, is because I did not get enough time to work on the PC. But what I noticed is that even with no hard disk, when I booted up with a boot disk, It dose not take me to the A:drive. However, I used two other working hard disk, I was able to boot with one and not with the second.  I also sow an error that reads, the (Bios) battry is low. I will change the battry tomorrow and will see what will happen.

Thanks for the help
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slink9Commented:
If the BIOS battery is low then the settings for the hard drive would be lost.  This would definitely cause problems.  Maybe the new battery will fix it.
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fuad2Author Commented:
Thanks, now it works perfect
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