I switched on my Mum's machine the other day and it is asking for a boot disk. It was working fine a couple of hours earlier - she is on holiday at the moment and I would really like to get it sorted before she comes back.
seems like either the hard drive has failed or the Master Boot Record has been lost/corrupted.
for the second one. goto click here, download a win98SE startup disk. once downloaded, put a blank floppy in the drive and double click the downloaded file, it will create the bootdisk for you.
reboot the pc, at the menu press "shift+F5"
wait a few seconds until you get the prompt A:> then type
press enter and it will rewrite the boot record for you.
if the hard drive hs died then im afraid its a case of buying a new one and starting from scratch, trying to get the old one to work long enough to get the data from it (sometimes able to get it to work as a slave drive).
I tried using VoG's link and unfortunately it didn't work. I also found a link on paperman27 post which directed me to lots of instructions starting with how to create .tmp file by Charlie(?) who is not a geek - unfortunately that didn't work either.
I think it may be because the only Windows XP disk I could find was an upgrade CD. It told me that no version of windows was previously stored on the machine. Oh SH*T!!!!
Paperman - I will try your set of instructions tomorrow. Thanks again!