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At start up my screen says,"non-system disk or disk error, Replace and press any key when ready." I press the key but same prompt comes up. I have an older Compaq Armada 1560DM.

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  • mam9230 Feb 24, 2008

    When I turn On The Computer It Says COMPAQ and then it goes To Non-System disk error replace and strike any key when ready.

  • tunga Jun 09, 2008

    i have a compaq nc4000 showing the same problem

  • Anonymous Apr 09, 2009

    i have the same problem with nc6220(non-system disk or disk error). i think it's not a HDD, but mother board fault, cause my hdd works fine on other pc. i musn't be always a broken hdd



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Do you have a floppy disk in it? or is it set to boot from the cd drive, with a non-bootable os disk in it?

those errors usually happen when you computer does not find a os system in the device it is set to boot from. Try setting it to boot from the hard drive.

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Anything like this: HARDWARE: CPU: Intel (MR) Pentium MMX 163 MHz RAM: 80 GB HD: Original 3 GB (Rest in peace) Now 20 GB CD: 16x reader Modem: Lucent 56K Video: CHIPS 68544 Sound ESS 1688 I/O PS/2 mouse/keyboard port I imagine you have the original HD:3GB do you notice they put down (rest in peace) I think thats what happened to yours it ceased and the laptop is asking for an OS which should have been on that disk but its stuffed. Try and see if you can get the new one of 20GB theyre easy to replace.

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