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Re: OT - Computer Blues....



Ok.. to prevent this from turning into a hunge "Technical Q&A" thread, the
reason you are getting a "non system disk error" is because one of your
three boot files is either missing or the wrong opperating system version.
If you have a boot disk for whatever OS you have, boot with it and type "sys
c:" (without quotes of course). This will replace the three required files
to boot your system (command.com, io.sys, and msdos.sys) Then like magic,
your computer will boot.

That would have solved your problem.. if you don't have a boot disk, a
friend will give you one for free... if not, you could always go to the
local library and go to http://www.bootdisk.com/ and creat one for whatever
OS you have.

And yes, I have been a raving Groo fan since the Epic issue #8 Kantor issue
and found the hidden message too. (Just had to throw that in so this was
"Groo related")  :)


----- Original Message -----
From: Denis Hackney <dhackney@optusnet.com.au>
To: Groo Mailing List <groop@groo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2000 12:09 AM
Subject: Re: OT - Computer Blues....


> Azamin \"Cantona\" Zainol Abidin wrote:
> > from the dos prompt, format a blank floppy disk to be a system
> > bootable disk, delete some directory in windows directory except
> > system directory, reinstall CD rom driver if necessary, reinstall
> > windows.  (windows 3.1 is better since you're using 486.  Win95/98
> > is walking on 486, not running) , reinstall all drivers (graphic
> > card, sound card, modem, web browser etc...  If you formatted the
> > hard disk, you'll lost all data files you saved.) and it'll run
> > again and can be used by othe person since you have a new computer.
>
> I managed to kill my computer a few months back.  Wouldn't even boot
> up to the DOS prompt - switch on, "non-system disk, replace and press
> any key" message comes up... and it was talking about the *hard disk*,
> not a floppy.  Found a boot disk, booted from floppy, looked at hard
> disk, all data was still there, appeared to be working fine.  Took
> computer to visit friend, pulled bad HD out of 'puter, stuck it in
> friends 'puter as slave hard disk, all data was still there, still
> appeared to be working fine, but still refused to boot.  Backed up all
> data from bad hard disk onto friends hard disk, tried reinstalling
> windows.  Still won't boot.  Tried reinstalling DOS.  Still won't
> boot.  Time to get viscious - reformatted hard disk.  Still won't
> boot.  Did everything we could to hard disk: Format, fdisk, even got a
> copy of manufacturers system disk that is *guaranteed* to format the
> thing properly - still won't boot.
>
> Admit defeat, take 'puter to shop, ask them to fix it.  Tech plays
> with 'puter for 30 minutes, before announcing that he has no idea, and
> gives up in despair.  Shrug shoulders, think "oh well, wanted a new
> computer anyway", say "well if the hard disk's *completely* ruined,
> you can stick a new one in for me... and you may as well upgrade
> everything else while you're at it, too".  End result?  No more 486
> for Denis...
>
> (Then came the *really* tricky part... ring Mum and tell her whole
> tragic story, and finish with "and now it's going to cost me heaps to
> get it fixed"... and get her to help pay for it... :-)
>
> Later,
> Denis.
>
> P.S.  Said hard disk is now residing in current 'puter, working
> perfectly well as a back-up, archive and junk-storage disk.  And no,
> it *still* won't boot...
> --
> Denis Hackney - http://members.optusnet.com.au/~dhackney/
>  Note change of email address - dhackney@optusnet.com.au
> Old address will forward to new address for a short time.
>
>