Hi All,when I boot up my pc it sometimes says:'Bootup from ATAPI cd rom: Boot disk failure. Insert system disk Press enter' I've asked about this before and all seemed to be solved until recently (over last few weeks).I am able to get PC working if I reseat the cable from my M/B to the H/D. So I have several questions:1. Does this suggest that the cable could be faulty/worn out?2. What should I do when I put my system disk in the A drive? It gives the options to install win98se with cd rom help etc. 3.Do I really need to do this? 4.What will I loose?5.Could it be that my MBR is corrupted (ing)? How do I repair it?Many thanks in advance, for any and all advice given.Mike
Acording to Belarc I have a:Award Software International, Inc. 6.00 PG 12/14/2001 Bios.Mike
What is the boot device sequence in your BIOS ?Should be A: C: CDromTry swapping over the cable with your CD drive (assuming you have 2 cables) and see if it changes anything.Marvin
Do you have a cd in the drive,if so remove it.What is the bootup sequence in the bios???floppy/cdrom/ide0??
What appears to be happening is that your boot order is probably 1. Floppy IDE2. IDE3. CDROMand due to a bad connection between MOBO and HDD your are eventually defaulting to CDROM and if there is a disk in the CDROM you get the invalid disk error.Most likely all you need to do is to ensure that the Signal cable to the Hard Drive is making a good connection. For all the cost you might as well renew it.
Hi Paranoid Android and Rayuk,the bootup sequence in BIOSis as follows:1)Floppy :2) HDD1 :3) cd rom.there is no cd rom in the drive when boot up sequence starts.PC is now starting ok for a while because I have reseated the cable from mb to hd. But I know it will soon be giving the:'Bootup from ATAPI cd rom: Boot disk failure. Insert system disk Press enter' message. (probably within a day or two).Thanyou for your help.Mike
many thanks for all of your help, I'll buy a new cable tomorrow.Mike
I may have had a similar problem. I had an IBM HD and could only get a boot-up by, as you say, re-seating the cable. HD eventually packed up completely. Hope you've got everything backed up, just in case.
thanks doug......all backed up...and hard copies of inportant stuff. Mike
You could try FDISK/MBR it cannot hurt, from Dos Floppy
thanks woodchip. I'll give that a bash 1st.I assume I just reboot with startup disk in floppy drive and type in what you have written above? Mike
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