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I have attempted to fire up my old desktop computer with Windows 98 to get some old files off of it and put on my laptop.
When I fired up my desktop computer, it immediately entered DOS asking me if I wanted to boot from my hard drive or CD-ROM. My computer no longer reads my hard drive.
Windows 98se can not see NTFS directories or files without help from another computer type server.
Posted on Dec 05, 2009
Two possible reasons:
1. Since the Win98 PC hasn't been used for some time, it can be assumed that somehow the CMOS/BIOS has reverted to default values including its recognition of what HD is installed (or in this case failure to recognize the HD). What needs to be done is the let the PC detect what HD is installed. To do this, on most PCs you need to press "Del" key on boot up (when prompted by a bottom screen display of "Press Del to change BIOS values".... or something like that. Somewhere, there should be an option to manually detect the HD, save setting exit, reboot.
2. If the above does not detect the HD and boot, it may be that the HD has suffered physical/hardware fault such as stuck spindle motor or something else. In some instances, it maybe the IDE cable or even the 4-wire power connector.
Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
Good luck and kind regards.
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Computer is booting from a non-bootable source
Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk or CD-ROM. First verify that no floppy diskette
or CD is in the computer, unless you are attempting to boot from a diskette.
Note: This error has also been known to occur when a
memory stick is in a card reader and the computer is attempting to boot from it.
If you have any card reader or flash reader make sure that no memory
stick is inside the computer. Additionally disconnect all USB drives, cameras,
ipods, iphones, etc. from the computer.
If you are attempting to boot
from a floppy diskette and are receiving this error message it is
likely that the diskette does not have all the necessary files
or is corrupt.
If you are attempting to install
Windows XP or Windows 2000 and are receiving this error message as the
computer is booting verify that your computer BIOS
has the proper boot settings. For example, if you are attempting to run
the install from the CD-ROM make sure the CD-ROM is the first boot
device, and not the hard disk drive.
Second, when the computer is booting you should receive the below prompt.
Press any key to boot from the CD
Important: When you see this message press any key such as the Enter key immediately, otherwise it will try booting from the hard drive and likely get the NTLDR error again.
If you are not receiving the above message and your BIOS boot options
are set properly it's also possible that your CD-ROM drive may not be
booting from the CD-ROM properly. Verify the jumpers are set properly on
the CD-ROM drive.
Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS
or NTDETECT.COM file
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