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:tazz: I ALREADY FORMATTED MY C: DRIVE THROUGH DOS MODE AND WHEN I SATRT MY COMPUTER ALL I GET IS, "INVALID SYSTEM DISK, REPLACE THE DISK THEN PRESS ANY KEY. BUT I DON'T HAVE ANY DISKS IN THERE AT ALL. WHAT DO I DO?
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Did you sys the drive? Have you reinstalled the OS?
Without an OS you'll get a "non-system" disk errors everytime.

Try format c: /s/u and see what happens. This has to be done with a Win98 or similar floppy disk that is preformatted with the system files.
You need to have this disk at the ready.
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IT WON'T LET ME TYPE ANYTHING. I TURN ON THE COMPUTER AND IT COMES UP THEN I PRESS ANY KEY AND IT JUST KEEPS COMING UP. I HAVE ALL MY ORINGINAL CD'S THAT THE COMPUTER CAME WITH BUT WHEN I OUT THEM IN IT JUST KEEPS THAT MESSAGE.
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Ok, this isn't a big issue. STAY CALM. It will be fine.

You have the restore CD, correct? It sounds like your computer is not seeing them as a boot device. Here's where the fun begins.

You need to check the BIOS (Basic Instruction Operating System) to see if your computer is setup to boot from the CD (providing these are CDs and not floppies).
Entering the bios is done various ways on various computers. Watch close as your computer starts up. It should say something like Press F2 to enter setup or someother such wording.
Press that key combination.
Look through the pages. Read the screens. It should say boot devices or boot order. There will be a way to change the order. Again, look at the screen.
Make sure the CDRom is the first boot device. Once it is look for a key combination that says "save settings and exit."
Reboot the computer with the first CD in the main CDRom drive (if you have more than one).
If it still doesn't boot, I'd try calling the manufacturer for help. Or take it to a reliable techie.
Most restore CD are easy to navigate. They give you many options. Look through them and choose complete restore or whatever matches that.

If you still need help, just toss another question out there.
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Ok, this isn't a big issue. STAY CALM. It will be fine.

You have the restore CD, correct? It sounds like your computer is not seeing them as a boot device. Here's where the fun begins.

You need to check the BIOS (Basic Instruction Operating System) to see if your computer is setup to boot from the CD (providing these are CDs and not floppies).
Entering the bios is done various ways on various computers. Watch close as your computer starts up. It should say something like Press F2 to enter setup or someother such wording.
Press that key combination.
Look through the pages. Read the screens. It should say boot devices or boot order. There will be a way to change the order. Again, look at the screen.
Make sure the CDRom is the first boot device. Once it is look for a key combination that says "save settings and exit."
Reboot the computer with the first CD in the main CDRom drive (if you have more than one).
If it still doesn't boot, I'd try calling the manufacturer for help. Or take it to a reliable techie.
Most restore CD are easy to navigate. They give you many options. Look through them and choose complete restore or whatever matches that.

If you still need help, just toss another question out there.

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:tazz: I HAVE THE RESTORE DISK, YES. I TRIED THAT AND MY CD ROM IS FIRST. BUT IT STILL KEEPS COMING UP WITH THAT MESSAGE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH. IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE SUGGESTIONS LET ME KNOW. THANK YOU AGAIN.
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Some CDROM drives cant boot by them selfs. Download this Windows 98 Boot Disk, then run(make sure that you have a floppy on hand). After the boot disk is made restart the computer with the floppy still in. When the computer boots a screen will come up asking to "Boot the computer without CDROM support" or "Boot the computer with CDROM support". Select the option with the CDROM support. You will get to a screen with:  A:\

From there type D:, the type either setup or install. Sorry for not being tell you what you need to type since restore disk differnet. Hope that this helps.
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OKAY YOU TOLD MY TO DOWNLOAD THAT, YOU MEAN TO A CD? BECAUSE I CAN'T USE A FLOPPY FOR AN A: DRIVE BECAUSE ON MY NEW COMPUTER I ONLY HAVE A CD DRIVE, SO WILL THAT STILL WORK?
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Ok, if your computer doesn't have a floppy drive and it won't boot of the CD, then it appears you have a serious problem.

You have several choices now:

1) Call the computer manufacturer to see if they can offer you telephone support.

2) Take your computer to a local repair shop

3) Call a local computer geek

4) Drop back and punt

I don't think there's anymore I can suggest. If anyone else has an idea, feel free to jump in.
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Suggestion - borrow a computer with a floppy drive and internet access and use the "win98 disk" link above to create the boot disk. Then try the other suggestions above.
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Get yourself to a friends place that has a cd burner get them to go to www.bootdisk.com
and burn a bootable cd for you.
place this in the cd drive and reboot yor computer.
If you don't understand this let me know and I will go through it step by step
Cheers
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