MBR repair on win98se is this possible help please

  bof:) 17:37 28 Apr 2003

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.


  bof:) 17:40 28 Apr 2003

Acording to Belarc I have a:

Award Software International, Inc. 6.00 PG 12/14/2001 Bios.


  Paranoid Android 18:10 28 Apr 2003

What is the boot device sequence in your BIOS ?

Should be A: C: CDrom

Try swapping over the cable with your CD drive (assuming you have 2 cables) and see if it changes anything.


  Rayuk 18:13 28 Apr 2003

Do you have a cd in the drive,if so remove it.
What is the bootup sequence in the bios???

  Switcher 18:58 28 Apr 2003

What appears to be happening is that your boot order is probably

1. Floppy IDE

2. IDE


and 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.

  bof:) 19:01 28 Apr 2003

Hi Paranoid Android and Rayuk,

the bootup sequence in BIOS
is 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.


  bof:) 19:23 28 Apr 2003

many thanks for all of your help, I'll buy a new cable tomorrow.


  doug 20:50 28 Apr 2003

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.

  bof:) 23:09 28 Apr 2003

thanks doug......all backed up...and hard copies of inportant stuff.


  woodchip 23:22 28 Apr 2003

You could try FDISK/MBR it cannot hurt, from Dos Floppy

  bof:) 08:43 29 Apr 2003

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?


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