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Boot Disk won't work

by Duck2005 / April 10, 2005 8:39 PM PDT

I deleted a non DOS partition on my system with aview to reformatting and reinstalling Windows OS.
I put the BootDisk into A Drive, but the system will not recognise it. I have tried a new Bootdisk - same problem. I have tried a DOS boot disk - same problem.
Message says after a wole lot of guff "PXE ROM" etc
then some more guff and a twirling cursor .. then abort, fail, retry message.
Am planning to reinstall from external CD drive as my CD ROM in laptop is stuffed. Any assistance here also appreciated.
Thanks guys!
Any help ?

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BIOS has been checked
by Duck2005 / April 10, 2005 8:42 PM PDT
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By the way guys have tried to alter BIOS without success

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Tell more.
by Kees Bakker / April 10, 2005 10:40 PM PDT
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Abort, fail, retry definitely is a DOS message. And a DOS-message can only occur after a successfull boot of MS-DOS. So I conclude: boot disk does work.

Deleting a non-DOS partition means that the DOS partition still is there. That means that you can boot into MS-DOS on the c: and check your diskette drive (and your diskette) from there. So nothing seems to be lost. Maybe you need to install a new diskette drive.

The message about PXE ROM is unknown to me. Can you be more explicit if you repost?

Hope this helps.


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thanks Kees
by Duck2005 / April 11, 2005 12:14 AM PDT
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Thanx Kees.
I made a blunder in my explanation. These messages including PXE ROM comes up when I boot without disk in.
When I boot with Win 98 Boot Disk in, I simply get a "remove non system disk" message.

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And are you sure ...
by Kees Bakker / April 11, 2005 5:29 AM PDT
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this is a bootable disk? Try it on another computer first. How did you make it?

It's either the diskette or the drive that should be replaced. Checking/replacing the disektte is somewhat easier than checking/replacing the drive.
It's not a Windows problem, that's for sure. Windows only takes over very much later.

Hope this helps.


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Boot Disk problem
by datalookup / April 11, 2005 9:48 AM PDT
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Is the BIOS set to boot the computer from the floppy drive?

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BIOS done ... A Drive, DIsks not the problem
by Duck2005 / April 11, 2005 2:00 PM PDT
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Yes BIOS is configured to go to A: ...

Have tried heaps of win98 startup disks, DOS disks.

A drive worked fine before I did the "delete non DOS partition"

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Deleting a non DOS partition ...
by Kees Bakker / April 11, 2005 6:51 PM PDT

on the hard disk can't possibly influence the possibility to boot from a diskette. In fact, like on the PC's back in 1980, a PC still boots from diskette without any hard disks connected. But I've been told it still reads something from the hard disk if it is connected. Try disconnecting the hard disk and see if that helps.
I'm afraid something else is wrong, and you've got to figure out what it is. Or have the machine repaired if you can't find it out yourself.

Good luck,


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And the bad news is...
by Amos16 / April 15, 2005 12:17 AM PDT

that sometimes formatting any drive on a working WIN98 fouls up the motherboard. In that case it must be repaired by a technician. Sorry, but grit happens. Amos.

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