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Insert a floppy disk into your computer's floppy drive. Open My
Computer, and then click the floppy disk drive to select it. On the
File menu, point to the name of the floppy drive, and then click
Format. Under Format options, click Create an MS-DOS startup
Do you know how to access your computer's BIOS settings? It sounds to me like an advanced setting called "Hard Disk Boot Sequence" (or just "Book Sequence") may be mis-set. Normally,the setting would be HD first, then CD, then etc-etc-etc down to usually last of all, Floppy Drive. It sounds very much to me like yours is set to boot the floppy drive ahead of the HD.
When your computer is starting up, watch carefully for writing on the screen (usually top-left or along the bottom) that says "Enter Setup" - and press the key it says. I don't have my Thinkpad any more, and there were numerous contributors when I searched this for you, but most said "Hold down F1" while powering on and keep it down until a long beep" - Others said that if you can get to a DOS prompt do so and press CTRL-ALT-F11.
THE MAIN THING HERE IS THIS: BE CAREFUL IN SETUP. This is one place where you can cause yourself a lot of grief.. If you don't find the boot sequence screen (or if you do, and it's OK) write back with more information. BEST OF LUCK! We're here to help.
Microsoft Windows 95 employs the use of a bootable floppy disk to begin the installation of the Windows 95 operating system or to troubleshoot problems with the system. Microsoft Windows 95 uses the MS-DOS system to boot the computer first and then loads the Windows 95 operating system onto the machine. Windows 95 Boot Disks may be created in one of two ways: The Startup disk may be created from within Windows or a boot disk may be created from a free downloaded boot disk image. After the boot disk is created the disk may be used to boot the computer and install or troubleshoot Windows 95.
Click "Start" and then click "Settings" in Windows 95. Click the "Control Panel" option. Click "Add and Remove Programs." Click "Startup Disk" and then click "Create." Insert the blank floppy disk into the disk drive. Click "OK." The operating system will create the Windows 95 boot disk. Click "OK" when the disk is finished. Create the Windows 95 Boot Disk using Downloaded Boot Disk Image Open a Web browser and navigate to the boot disk image site (See "Below"). http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm Download the Windows 95 boot disk image and save the .EXE file to the desktop. Click the .EXE file to unzip the enclosed files. The formatting application will start. Insert the blank floppy disk into the disk drive and click "OK." The Windows 95 boot image will be created on the blank floppy disk. Use the Windows 95 Boot Disk Insert the Windows 95 boot up disk into the computer's floppy disk drive. Power the computer down by clicking "Start" and then clicking "Shutdown." Power on the computer with the Windows 95 boot disk in the floppy disk drive. The computer will boot up into MS-DOS to enable installation or troubleshooting of Windows 95.
The operating system you are using is pretty old....DOS uses commands that are typed without graphic user interface. It is probable that the drive is dysfuntional because of age/fatigue. You need to use newer technology. You can insert the same disc in a drive that is in a windows environment e.g Winows 95, 98 or XP. This disc will definitely be more expensive than your old dos-run drive, but am sure you will have a lot less stress. better still when you get this copy all your information on the system and use a better newer storage device like a flash drive, CD/DVD.....they are much better in terms of capacity and functionality.
This sound like fun. To get to the bios the common practice is to hold down the [Delete] key as soon as you turn it on. If it constantly boots to doss, that is likely the operating system. To explore what else is there, at the dos prompt, type in "dir" and press [Enter]. You should get a list of folders and files. If the dos prompt is A:> then you may have only a floppy drive. To check for a hard drive, type "C:" at the dos prompt. If it says not available, then you have only floppy. If the dos prompt changes to 'C:>" the you have a hard drive.
As far as dismantleing it is concerned, remove any screws in the bottom. Press you finger against any labes on the bottom and feel aroud for hidden screws. The plastic case also snaps together. Tying to unsnap it usually snaps pieces off. That is as far as i can help you right now. Need nore, ask away but supply enough info so I can image it in MY mind.