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Windows ME Startup problem


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gmcartney

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Hi there.

I have recently hosed down my old system (2001 Gateway Desktop with Windows ME) because I want to sell it.

However, everytime I try to reboot, it gives me this message:

Non-System disk or disk error
Replace and strike any key when ready


The only way of starting it up is if I insert disc 1 (out of 3) of the Gateway System Restoration Kit, which contains: Hardware drivers, and Bootable Utilities Menu

Obviously I can't sell it in this condition. No-one would want to buy it (even if I'm only selling it for $20) if they had to insert the disc every single time.

So Please help me out if you possibly can. :tazz:

Regards

Gabriel
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DeSade

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What do you mean by "hosed down"
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wannabe1

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gmcartney...

Sounds like one of two problems to me...
  • The startup disk is still in the floppy drive
  • The MBR is no longer pointing to the windows installation
If the startup disk is not in the floppy drive when you get this error, it is probably the latter. You can try to repair the MBR by starting with the startup diskette, get to command prompt (A:\), type fdisk /mbr (note the space), and press "Enter".

Let us know if this helps...

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gmcartney

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Ah thank you. My ethernet driver was still in the floppy drive. Thank you for replying so quickly. This really is an excellent service!

DeSade: To hose down a system is to symply delete everything and reinstall windows.

Cheers

Gabriel
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wannabe1

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You are most welcome...Glad to help. :tazz:

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