I have old PC with WinMe installed. When I power up I get maker's screen display for 2 mins then: Invalid Boot diskette Insert Boot diskette in A
At this stage I can press reset button and sometimes this enables me to get into Windows OK. Once logged on I have no apparent problems. I have run Scandisk, AntiVirus etc and no errors found.
I have been readng about this and thought I would try the Emergency Boot Disk to see if there is a quicker reliable way in. When I insert EBD after "Starting Windows Millennium Boot Disk" and 13 lines of data about drives it ends at A:|>
What do I do at this point to get into Windows ??
There is obviously something seriously wrong, but as I say it still works.
Any ides on how to fix and get consistent start up, please
I think perhaps your hard drive is sticking on its bearing or is slow to start up and missing the POST identification. Unable to boot from the hard drive the next option is used,, which is the floppy drive. The initial screen, after the mother board identification, might show that the master IDE channel is unoccupied when the fault shows. Once the hard drive warms up a bit, and the bearing are lubricated, normal booting may be possible and the POST master IDE channel would show the hard drive.
If this is the case the hard drive is probably on its way out. Back up (Disk Image using something like Acronis) and replace the hard drive. If this is uneconomical back up your data and invest in a replacement computer.
Definitely no floppy disk left in A drive. I think Peter's answer is most likely as if I press reset a number of times the hard disk comes to life and the PC starts 'normally' I shall invest in a new machine Thank you all
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