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OS (XP Pro) Will Not Boot Up

by aeleon00 / October 24, 2005 8:25 AM PDT

The message on the black screen says:
Invalid Boot Diskette
Insert BOOT Diskette in A:

I think the hard drive has been corrupted but is there something I can do before starting over and reloading everything on the hard drive? thanks

This is a Dell Demension 4100 running XP Professional.
Plz respond to

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Are You Able to . . .
by Paul Roantree / October 24, 2005 8:32 AM PDT

Press F8 on boot and start in Safe Mode and try System Restore?

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Tried F8
by aeleon00 / October 24, 2005 11:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Are You Able to . . .

Same message came back:
Invalid Book Diskette
Insert BOOT diskette in A:

What's a boot diskette?

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Aeleon, Just Checking...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 24, 2005 8:56 AM PDT

Have you removed all disks from the floppy drive and from the CD-rom drive? The error you've listed can occur when a disk is left in one of those drives.

Hope this helps.


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No Disks, No CD's in Computer
by aeleon00 / October 24, 2005 11:24 AM PDT

Gonna try F8?

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Boot problem
by The Fly / October 24, 2005 1:09 PM PDT

You could first try to remove and reseat your drive cables. If that does not help, go into the BIOS and reset your boot sequence to put the hard drive first. If it will boot now, you probably have a bad floppy or CD drive or the cable to the floppy may be bad. If none of this helps you may have a corrupted boot sector. Go to this MS page for info on fixing the MBR. If this does not work you can try to reformat the hard and start over or you may have to replace the hard drive.

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by phantazy / October 24, 2005 10:35 PM PDT

The boot sequence got changed in the BIOS when you power up. Try to access the Bios (usually del key on first screen opening), and see if the boot program is set to open for HDD0, and not floppy.

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I think the hard drive is dying
by aeleon00 / October 27, 2005 1:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Maybe

I turned the computer off for a day since I didn't hae time to deal with it but when I turned it on again last night it booted up as normal. I think this may be a sign of hard drive failure? Probably time to replace this 4 1/2 year old Dell.
Thanks to everyone who responded.

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