What does disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter mean?

hp media center pc 864n , windows xp, have checked al wires, plugs, turned off , restarted etc keep getting disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter please help not a skilled computer person so the more simple the answer the better
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  1. Your hard drive failed.
  2. perhaps the BIOS is set to boot from some other device, or some other device in the boot list contains unbootable media.
  3. Have to agree with tmike.
  4. Tap f8 while booting to access the BIOS. Make sure the 1st boot device is your hard drive.
  5. The message can also mean the OS's boot files are corrupted. Instructions for repairing the boot files can be provided if needed.
  6. windows xp, have checked al wires, plugs, turned off , restarted etc keep getting disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter please help not a skilled computer person so the more simple the answer the better
  7. rolitocastillo said:
    windows xp, have checked al wires, plugs, turned off , restarted etc keep getting disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter please help not a skilled computer person so the more simple the answer the better



    If the suggestions in earlier posts haven't worked, the message must mean what it says. Do you have an XP CD? If so, pop it in and hit any key to boot from CD when prompted then let it run through until it offers you the chance toppress Enter to install or R for Repair.

    Press R and wait until the system asks you which installation to repair - usually number 1 so type 1 and hit Enter. You'll see a Command Prompt which ends in C:> and that's where you need to type chkdsk /r (including that space before the /) and press Enter. A five stage process will run and may help cure the startup problem. Don't worry if one stage gets to 70% and bounces back to 50% - it's quite normal. When it finishes, type exit and when the computer restarts don't hit a key to boot from CD - just let it try starting normally.

    Post back and let us know how it goes.

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