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.