I have an ACER ASPIRE desk top model number 590LB, it has been in storage for a while. I hooked it up and when I power it up it asks to insert the boot up floppy. Well, this is were I'm hoping you can help, I have not a clue the the floppy is! PLEASE! tell me there's a way to boot it up without it!
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Re: Lost boot up floppy
Two things may have happened:
The hard drive has failed, so it is trying to boot from the next available drive (floppy)
The BIOS battery went dead, and has reset to factory defaults and it trying to boot from the floppy drive.
If you can get into the bios ( hold F1+ F2+ CTRL+ ALT+ ESC after you turn it on), look for anything related to "boot" and change the boot drive order. If you find it, be sure to save the settings, then restart.
**note**, alot of the old computers have a very primative BIOS, and you may not be able to change the boot order.
Let me know if this gets you into the bios, as they changed "how" to do it over the years.
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Let's just say this post of mine might help but please don't trash my rating if it doesn't. :-(
I think there's a good chance that XP is missing the recognition driver for your HD. Here's what's worked for me a number of times. I identify the exact model# of the drive and go to the manufacturer's site for the OEM RAID or 3rd party driver. You're looking for one @ 1.44 MB or less because XP is old enough to expect a third party driver to be inserted during Setup using the F6 option from a floppy disc. I actually own an exterior floppy drive just for this one function.
Using a computer with XP on it, I download the small .exe driver and install it to the floppy. Then just after booting up the XP install disc, I watch the status bar below because very soon it prompts to hit the F6 key if you want to install any 3rd party or RAID drivers. I do just that and a little further along the way, setup will stop and ask for the driver. You need to have the floppy drive connected. Direct Windows there and select the driver and ok Windows to install it.
If it's all in line correctly, Windows will immediately install the HD storage driver and complete setup. You can also make a boot CD that fools Windows into thinking it's a floppy but it has to be introduced with an exterior CD Drive.
Best Wishes....Good Luck
PS. If this isn't your problem, guaranteed it will be someone's. ;O)