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Windows ME Startup Stall


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Whenever I try to start, it stalls at the Windows ME startup page. I started it in safe mode and got an error that said"
"Windows cannot read from Drive C:. If this is a network drive, make sure the network is working. If it is a local drive, check the disk." I am given the chance to cancel, abort, or retry. Canelling and retrying brings back the error message, and aborting simply bring up the timeglass icon as if it is loading, but nothing ever loads.

Before this happened, the only thing I did was put winzip from winzip.com on the computer. Then, I turned it off, turned it back on and the error above was what occured.

I then thought perhaps I should reformat. So, using disk two of the system restoration tool to restore the computer, I attempted. It began smoothly at the Setup page, but now I am getting an error that says:
"Not ready reading drive A."
Then it gives the option to Abort, Retry, Fail. No matter which one I choose, I get a prompt that says C:\CABS>. I have no idea what that is for or what to do.
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I think they're giving you good advice to check the disk. Can you put "scandisk", w/o the quotes, in and run it. It will go through a quick scan first and give you the option for a thorough. Take it and let us know what happens.
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Where am I supposed to enter "scandisk?" I can't load Windows, and I don't know how to bring up a prompt before Windows tries to load and stalls to make scandisk run.
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Where am I supposed to enter "scandisk?" I can't load Windows, and I don't know how to bring up a prompt before Windows tries to load and stalls to make scandisk run.


My bad!!! You're on winME and don't have the option to go into ms-dos mode. You can use a win98 floppy, such as the one from www.allbootdisks.com and when the A:> prompt comes up type in

C:\windows\command\scandisk

and hit Enter. Windows may not be the name of the actual windows directory!
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