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    Mind you, I'm using still using Windows 98. Today I had to shutdown by physically unplugging the tower from the surge protector, because the power button wouldn't respond. But when I started up again, I got this screen whereby there was a message about a boot error and that I needed to insert a disk into drive A. I tried CTRL ALT DEL, but that just shut the pc down. Starting it up again only gets the same error message. What is wrong with that thing?

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    Stupid Question: Are all discs out of all drives?

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    Make sure there are no disks in any drives. Is the PC getting to Windows or is it stopping at a black screen before loading Windows?
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    How far along the boot process do you get before you see the screen? E.G. Do you get to the point where you see the Win98 startup picture?

    This sounds like an issue which will probably involve a lot of explaining (I can get to this screen, then this happens, and this is exactly what it says.)
    The more you can tell us, the more we can narrow it down. Could be something simple.

    Does it tell us what disk it wants you to insert? And you're sure you don't already have a diskette in? (no booting with disks in!)
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    Jim, I hate to tell you this, but from the sounds of it your Hard Drive just crashed. Now that is preliminary mind you, since a little more details is warented. It could be just a bad bootsector or needing a re-install of 98. I had a microsoft tech tell me that to keep windows running smooth required a re-install every 6 months. Now I don't practice that, but sometimes it does help to get things running smooth again. You may need to just replace the hard drive and go. Or just need to reinstall and go. Will not know till a more exact desciption is given. Well I;m off to work. Have a nice day.
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    Ummm, jimscott hellooo ? Come on buddy you can make it, snap out of it ! Boot dang it BOOT !! ........... Clear ! ............
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    If it does require a reinstall, don't reinstall 98, eww! Install xp!
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (jimscott @ Aug. 17 2006,9:06)]Mind you, I'm using still using Windows 98.
    There's your problem, right there.
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