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Laptop cannot boot to window, cd or floppy

By schnewb
Sep 22, 2005
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  1. Hello.

    I recently purchased a second hand laptop, a packard bell easy one silver 2800. The laptop came with wondows xp pre installed but i wanted to install windows 98 because an old system would probably benefit from it.

    Anyhow i tried to format disk in windows and it wouldnt do it. I tried to boot from the win98 cd and it wouldnt boot. I asked my friend about it and he told me you could use partition magic to make a seperate partition which i could install win98 to. So i let my friend try this. The program made the partition and restarted and now it wont boot to the OS, wont boot from cd and wont boot from a floppy. The error "invalid system disk" keeps occuring during bootup.

    What can i do? Changing the boot record in windows doesnt do anything and nothing else springs to mind apart from the methods i have tried. The only answer i can come up with is to buy a new drive, is this the only way?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    Sean
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Have you actually set the laptop to boot from CD in BIOS?

    Some laptops want you to press a key to get a boot menu where you select the device to boot from.
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    Also, you can NOT install W98 AFTER XP.
    You need to use a W98 bootfloppy (from e.g. www.bootdisk.com), set your BIOS to boot first from floppy, then use FDISK to delete the partitions that are on it, then create a new primary partition, using all available harddisk space.
    Finally format that in FAT32. Now Install W98.
  4. schnewb

    schnewb Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Thanks for the replies.

    Ive tried the things you have suggestion prior to posting this thread and nothing works. I bought a windows bootable floppy and the laptop refuses to boot from it. The floppy drive could be broken as like i said i bought it used. I think im going to use the local computer shop and see if they can fix it. If they cannot im gonna have to buy a new hard disk.
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