Can't boot to Window???

Hi guys. This is a very abstract issue that I am dealing with my friend's AOpen AX63(not PRO, came out in 1999). My friend had this computer for 3 years now and was using Win98. Now, the computer refuses to boot up to window so he asked me to fix it for him ($). The problem is this:

(1st screen)THe BIOS detects the hard drive and the CD-ROM;(2nd screen) details on CPU and RAM; but after that, it won't boot to window or anything. And give me this error meassage on the 2nd screen:"Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press ENTER". It keeps on displaying this 2nd screen until the "System Disk" is insert.

WHat the heck? System Disk? What System disk is this computer talking about?

That's the only problem, couldn't boot to window. What should I do guy? Please help.
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  1. Is the hard drive selected as the first bootable device in the BIOS?

    It's possible that if the floppy drive is selected as the first bootable device, that it has become defective ... and that could bring on this kind of error message.

    There could also be a floppy disk in the drive that is a non-system disk. This is sometimes overlooked, and is a common error.

    You should check all the cable connections to the floppy disk and hard drive. One of the connectors might have worked loose, or a cable could have gone bad.

    It also possible that two other scenarios have occurred. The first would be that the hard drive is beginning to fail, or has already failed.

    Restart the computer with a Win9x <A HREF="" target="_new">boot disk</A> in the floppy drive ... if the drive is functional, with it selected as the first bootable device in the BIOS. If the system successfully boots and displays the A:\ prompt, the PC is working properly. Try accessing the hard drive by typing C: at the prompt and pressing Enter. If you get a C:\ prompt, change directories and try to copy a small file to the floppy.

    If that works, then you're able to write to the disk, and the hard drive may still have some life in it (sometimes disks die a slow death). Take the opportunity to back up any important files you need to, and then run a hard-disk diagnostic utility such as the version of ScanDisk located on the boot disk.

    The second scenario is that the CMOS battery is growing weak and may soon need replaced. If the battery stops working altogether, the computer will lose all the CMOS settings and be unable to recognize the hard drive.


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