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Why is my computer asking me to insert the system disk and press enter

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 4, 2010 1:53:42 AM


I have windows 98, and yes I know that is old, but I cannot afford to upgrade at this time. What can I do to fix my problem. When I turn on my computer it say boot failed insert system disk and press enter. I do not have the disk for window 98 and friend of mine put this all together for me and now no longer lives here in NY. I can not find windows 98. What can I do?

a b B Homebuilt system
May 4, 2010 1:56:29 AM

For some reason, the machine appears not to be detecting your Hard Drive. Go into the BIOS and check boot order and see if it's detecting the HD.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 4, 2010 2:32:31 AM

What he said.

With the age of this system (supposedly pre-2000) it would be no surprise if the hard drive crashed.

You may not be able to upgrade to current, but I'd bet you could hit up craigslist for a 5~ish year old computer for $50 or $100. Heck I've even got one that I'm stuck with.