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Fresh ME install, needs bootdisk to start...:(

By leem
Oct 22, 2004
  1. I just did a fresh install of Windows ME on a computer with a pentium(r) III processor and 127 ram. It is a Gateway computer that has three installation discs (Restoration Kit). 1: Hardware Drivers 2: ME OS 3: Application back-up.

    I have installed all three disks according to intruction after I did a fresh reformat. If I have disc 2 (ME OS) disc in, I can start windows. If I do not have the Gateway CD-Rom disc 2 (ME OS) in the computer, the boot up stops and says:

    "Invalid Boot Diskette
    Insert BOOT diskette in A:"

    Is there anyway I can get Windows ME to start wthout a boot diskette? It used to, but my whole system crashed. After this reinstall, it is needing a boot diskette... :confused:

    Thank you for any help.

    On a side note, I do have a DVD rom I istalled in place of the CD Rom, and I have not installed the software yet. I also have a card installed that lets me watch TV on my computer. I forget which brand (ATV I think) becuase I lost my disc.
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Sounds like you have a floppy in the drive. Remove it and try starting again.
     
  3. leem

    leem TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Thats just it. There is no floppy in drive a: and no CD in drive d:.

    I have never encountered this before.
     
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Go into the BIOS and change the boot-sequence to start from Harddisk first, rather than from floppy, maybe that helps?
    You could get a boot-floppy here: www.bootdisk.com
    Look for the right OS.
     
  5. jstillion

    jstillion TS Rookie Posts: 91

    Do what realblackstuff indicates it should get you up and running

    ---{but I wonder if your DVD drive show an DVD-Ram and wants to boot off of it 1st... but then you would be getting no OS found then.....]--- Ignore...
    I misread DVD drive and thought dvd burner.

    Either way do what black says and make you hard drive the 1st boot device
     
  6. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    leem;you said"On a side note, I do have a DVD rom I istalled in place of the CD Rom, and I have not installed the software yet. I also have a card installed that lets me watch TV on my computer. I forget which brand (ATV I think) becuase I lost my disc"
    Just on a hunch if, after you try what Real.. told you , and you still have trouble. I was wondering if you were banging around inside your Computer case???
    Get back to us !
     
  7. leem

    leem TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Yeah yeah yeah!!!
    YOu guys/girls are so super cool! It worked. I feel so stupid. In reinstalling Windows ME, I set the boot sequence to the cd drive and then the floppy drive. I reset it to floppy drive and then the IDE Hard drive. Voala! It works great!!
     
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