bootstrap error

i wasn't really sure where to post this,

my computer boots when i use a bootdisk and it doesn't when i just boot from the harddisk

but no mather what i do i always gives a bootstrap error . is there anyone who can help me by explaining what this is and if it is connected to my booting problem .

tnx in advance ,

reejzer
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bryancwConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Is it possible that you are trying to put a modern large HDD in this older box?  Check the bios and make sure that HDD geometry is correct.
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stevenlewisCommented:
what exactly is the error
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bryancwCommented:
What OS?
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oldgreyguyCommented:
if your bootdisk is the save version OS that is on your hard drive... at the A:   type

fdisk/mbr                and enter

if that doesn't work try:

sys c:                   and enter

but.... again, you need to have the OS on the bootdisk and hard drive the same.... or you will create more problems
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reejzerAuthor Commented:
its a hooking bootstrap error , there is no OS installed i just formatted , could anyone explain to me what this error is or what it does

its an IBM computer pentium 200 or so
i guess its some sort of bios problem
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stevenlewisCommented:
try resetting the bios to defaults
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oldgreyguyCommented:
if you are trying to boot without the boot diskette... did you SYS the drive?

from the A: (your boot disk)

A:SYS C:            and enter
A:FDISK/MBR         and enter

pull the floppy and try it again
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reejzerAuthor Commented:
tnx for the help guys , but the person who i was trying this for just wrecked that computer and it's not worth the cost it woult take to repair it , so i can't try out these comment but i will give all of you 50 then , so you didn't help me for nothing

greetz,

reejzer
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