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My gateway 610 keeps giving me this message "non system disk --- insert boot disk and press any key "

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Your boot sequence is probably not set to boot from the Hard drive first. Remove any floppy disks/CD's from their drives and try to boot it.

If you are still getting the message then you have files that are corrupt on your hard drive.

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If you have a floppy drive, make sure there are no disks inside it. Same for cd or dvd drive. Also, check your BIOS (usually by hitting the F2 or Del key when first booting) to see if it recognizes your hard drive.

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