QUESTION: How can I boot to DOS, and therefore reformat, if machine won't boot from CD or floppy?
OS = WinXP Pro
Floppy drive, CD-RW drive, and DVD-RW drive.
One harddrive, one partition.
I have my XP CD.
I also have a Win98 boot floppy that was lent to me.
I have both of these disks, but can't seem to get the machine to boot from either one.
Boot order is set to Floppy, CD-ROM, HDD0, but even with either and/or both disks inserted in their respective drives, I still end up booting straight into XP.
If I try to view these drives in WinExplorer, the CD drive says "please insert a CD" and the floppy says "the disk in drive A: is not formatted."
NOTE: I WAS able to boot from each of these drives about a week ago, when I first started having trouble. However, at that time I wasn't ready yet to throw in the towel and go for a reformat... ain't hindsight a wonderful thing?
At this point I've given up, and just want to start over clean. Can anyone help me figure out how to pull off a reformat under these circumstances?