BOOT at startup = no longer works.

  Dick9 23:44 26 Dec 2009
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Turn on the computer.
It will no longer boot up normally.
Luckily, I found an old floppy,
which would EVENTUALLY give me my
usual windows-98 screen. 2nd edition.

Is there a way I an get it to
boot normally on start-up?

Also, now when I start "ms internet explorer",
it always looks first at my floppy drive.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 00:14 27 Dec 2009

Sounds as if the boot files on the root of the C: drive are corrupt.

with windows booted and the floppy in the drive you could try to copy the boot files from the floppy to C:

If my DOS is remembered correctly from a command prompt type

a:\ (enter)
sys c: (enter)

then edit the Autoexe.bat file in C: and check the paths are correct
Autoexec.bat layout

Below is an example of what an autoexec may look like:

@echo off
SET SOUND=C:\PROGRA~1\CREATIVE\CTSND
SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 H5 P330 E620 T6
SET PATH=C:\Windows;C:\
LH C:\Windows\COMMAND\MSCDEX.EXE /D:123
SET PATH=C:\Windows;C:\
LH C:\Windows\COMMAND\MSCDEX.EXE /D:123

Any thing showing A: needs to be changed to C: leave everything else the same. save the file if you make changes and then try to reboot the machone without using the floppy disk.

  Diemmess 09:40 27 Dec 2009

A: drive query first.
I still have an A: drive and if I occasionally use it for say a Word doc, unless I also save it to another (HD) drive before leaving Word, next time I open Word there will be a noisy second or two while A: drive is searched for a non existant floppy.

A life saver from the past when 98SE was being silly, was to keep tapping F8 after the P.O.S.Test until a menu appeared which included (last option 5?)
Command Prompt only.

Then type scanreg /restore (including the space)
Enter
Your should then have an offer of the last 5 dates when the computer booted 'normally'

Highlight a date before the trouble started, then Enter and accept the prompts.

  Dick9 23:00 27 Dec 2009

my autoexec and my config.sys files are both empty. on the C drive.
On my floppy, I have them with:
1103 bytes and 629 bytes.

The IO.sys and msdos.sys are exactly the
same on both.

command.com has 93,890 bytes on C drive.
but...only 93,880 bytes on floppy.

Should I risk replacing those 2 empty files?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23:35 27 Dec 2009

Yes

But change the drive paths in the one you copy to the c: drive

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