looking for boot disk for old 486

My old 486 computer is requesting a boot disk when I turn it on.  Where do I find a boot disk for this computer?
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
So it sounds like the hard drive failed/got disconnected.
You can get a boot floppy from www.bootdisk.com, but it's not going to do much good unless the hard disk is working (and then you shouldn't need the boot floppy).
Your question isn't quite exact. Did the computer boot properly before and refuses to do so now without you doing anything to it after the previous successfull boot? Does it have a hard disk installed?

postman-edAuthor Commented:
When turning the computer on, it gives the message:  drive not ready   error      Insert BOOT diskette in A      pressany key when ready

If I can catch the set up after hitting control, alt, delete, I can get it to accept the auto configuration with BIOS defaults and the auto configuration with power-on defaults, but when I go to auto detect hard disk C the message is "not detected"

Hope this helps

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AriMcConnect With a Mentor Commented:
With this information I agree with leew. Sound like your hard drive is either broken or the cables are loose. The first thing to do is to open the case (power off), make sure all cables are firmly in place and the try again.

willcompConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I agree with leew and AriMc as to the cause. If you do decide to replace the hard disk in that dinosaur, be aware that the maximum hard disk size will probably be either 500MB or 8GB depending on BIOS and controller used. Finding such a drive in good, usable condition may be difficult.
postman-edAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for your comments and efforts.  I guess my old 486 has finally given it up for good.  May it rest in peace.  I used it only to prepare my  household tax records once a year.  Love my Quicken 6.0 for DOS.  They don't make 'em like that anymore either.
You probably can install Quicken for DOS in XP, Vista, or Win7 using compatibility mode. I installed and ran DOS apps in XP and Vista. Haven't tried in Win7 yet, but it should be the same as Vista. Or just get a current version of Quicken.
postman-edAuthor Commented:
I've tried the newer versions of Qucken and just wasn't impressed.   A lot of the reviews I've read said about the same.  The old version did what I needed it to do without a lot of bells and whitles.  Hate to have to retrain my self and most of all, my wife.  Thanks again for your help.
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