"Disk boot failure, Insert system disk and press enter" On Startup

By weslstan
Jul 11, 2007
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  1. Ive just been getting this error at startup....

    DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

    I can get around it by pressing delete and then it loads everything fine.

    I think I know how to fix it but could any of you tell me what you think and also tell me how to get into bios because I cant seem to.

    Thanks.
  2. CCT

    CCT Newcomer, in training Posts: 3,556

    weslstan - you are up to 17 posts and people have helped you and you STILL haven't posted your complete specs in your profile and me, I am through asking and looking at your old posts to find out.

    So please, get with the program.


    thx


    :)
  3. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    CCT has you figgered out... 17 posts in 80 hours about the same problem, with no effort from the poster... We are not baby sitters...
    If you cannot post specs, you are probably not for this list.
  4. weslstan

    weslstan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 83

    Urm excuse me..

    WHat do you mean you have figured me out? I came on the forum for help and I thought thats what you provided..Sorry If I misjudged that.

    Here is my spec:

    Computer:
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type Intel Pentium 4 550, 3400 MHz (17 x 200)
    Motherboard Name MSI MS-7046
    Motherboard Chipset Intel Grantsdale i915P
    System Memory 1536 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Award (11/25/04)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Display:
    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 6600 (256 MB)
    3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce 6600 PCI-E
    Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB]

    Could you now help me with my problem?
  5. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    Sounds like your boot sequence is not correct. Enter BIOS and find the Boot Sequence menu. Make sure that the internet hard drive is listed. I think it's not and the BIOS can't find the bootloader in the devices listed. When it prompts you to put in a disk, you cancel, so it then by default goes to the hard drive. Make sure the hard drive is listed in the boot sequenc and the error message should disappear.
  6. weslstan

    weslstan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 83

    I cant seem to get into Bois for some reason.
    Maybe Its too quick but Ill repeatedly press del or esc but I cant get to it.
  7. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    The keystroke for getting into BIOS varies from one manufacturer to another. Some it's DEL, other's it's F2, other's it's F1, other's it's something else. Watch the splash screen carefully to see what it is.
  8. weslstan

    weslstan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 83

    OK thank you, If it still doesnt work I guess removing the CMOS battery will reset it though right.
  9. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    Yes but I would only do that as a last resort. Getting into BIOS should be viable.
  10. membrane

    membrane Newcomer, in training Posts: 42

    F8 gets bios on some machines
  11. weslstan

    weslstan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 83

    Ok well I decided to take the battery out and It seems to have worked, Id suggest this to anyone who has the same problem.
    Thanks.
  12. zipperman

    zipperman Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,423   +7

    Good Luck

    I hope it lasts.I will never ever remove my battery.
    You might find new problems yet.
    I hope you have a motherboard manual ?:eek:
  13. weslstan

    weslstan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 83

    I didnt know that it could do any damage removing it?!?

    Every other forum ive read on this subject has said its no big deal, Its just a sure fire way of resetting bios settings and getting rid of problems like this.
     
  14. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    Removing your battery will not do damage to your motherboard. What it will do is reset the BIOS information to default and sometimes that will slow your computer down a bit. BUT since you have never changed anything in your BIOS and everything was already at default you have nothing to worry about and anybody who tells ya different is to be ignored.
  15. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Well you can keep shopping for advice until you find some you like.
    Here are the various BIOS codes for 97 percent all machines, in no particular order.
    <Ctrl>, <Ctrl +1, 2, or 3>, >F1>, <F2>, <F3>, <F10>, <F11>, <F12> <Del>, <Ins>
  16. almcneil

    almcneil TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,554

    Usually it's not a big deal. The only risk is that you're handling the electronics without possibly grounding yourself first. You could fry something accidentally doing that. Aside from that, there's no way to damage the battery.
  17. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    But remove it while the computer is off, or you could damage the motherboard beyond repair.
  18. membrane

    membrane Newcomer, in training Posts: 42

    This is a mute point as he has already done the deed.
  19. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    But others read these forums, and they are posted in Google searches, so it is not a mute point at all.
  20. membrane

    membrane Newcomer, in training Posts: 42

    OK good point :)
  21. weslstan

    weslstan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 83

    OK definitely not a mute point now.
    I turn my pc on again and guess what pops up?!!?

    I dont know what to do....again
  22. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    What Disc version of Windows do you have? A full Windows XP? An OEM Windows XP? Or a Recovery disc from some computer manufacturer such as Dell, Gateway, eMachines, HP, Compaq, SystemMax, IBM Lenovo, or the like.

    This will be important in working up a fix. I don't have the full thread available to me a the moment.
  23. weslstan

    weslstan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 83

    @raybay

    How do I find this out? Ill be happy to tell you.
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