Hi, My father has just switched his Win98se computer on and it's come up with the message 'Boot Failure' Insert Boot Diskette In A Drive. He hasn't got a boot disc, but I have one from when I had a win98se computer, would my boot disc work in his computer? If my disc won't work, how can I get his computer up and running again, he doesn't have a Win98se disc either.
May sound stupid but 1st that he hasn't left a disk in tha A: drive
Your disk will work, it will boot the pc up into DOS mode(command line prompt). If memory serves me well it should give the option to load cd drivers when booting up & diagnostic tools. these tools (fdisk,chkdsk etc)should allow you to check if the HD is ok.
Diemmess, Sorry i forgot to mention in my post that i typed 'C' but it didn't do anything. I agree with your comment that the present situation sounds increasingly serious. His computer is around 5 years old now.
Auto Detecting...Pri Master - Not Detected Auto Detecting...Pri Slave - Not Detected
Sounds like unable to detect the hard drive. Could be a loose / faulty IDE ribbon cable as both drives not found, check the cble is firmly inserted in the rear of the drives AND at the motherboard slot.
You could also swap the cable with the one for the CD drves if fitted.