As to why your system may not boot with a boot disk, is your BIOS set to try to boot from your 3-1/2 drive before or after your hard drive, or does it even check it at all? Make sure it boots from 3-1/2 first.
Before you clear your BIOS. Write down the current setting for your harddrive - just in case you have an old system that does not correctly identify your harddrive. It would be good to provide us with additional information - motherboard brand & model, harddrive brand & model, Bios version and current setting.
After clearing the BIOS, go in and check if your harddrive is set for autodetect. Also check the boot up sequence.
You said, you tried to boot from a boot disk and nothing. Could you ellaborate. Did it not boot to A> or printed some kind of error. Did it try to read from drive A at all?
hard drive problems
I was tring to clean up the hard drive when I turned it off. I turned it back on after awhile and I got this message after the escm was like clearing or writing,
Invalid system disk
Replace the disk, and then press any key
I've tried to put in a boot disk...nothing.
I've tried to put the hard drive as a secondary and a slave...nothing. I've tried to mess around in bios and no luck there sofar. I'll try to clear the bios off the MB, but I don't it'll work.
I have an Amptron P2 3100 with a Plug & play bios and a IDE hard drive like western digtal or seagate 341 Mb. In the boot sequ. can I change it to a:, scsi, c:? Because I have limited optians of having it boot up with c: as a last drive. In most of the optians it has c: as the frist drive to boot up.
Most likely you deleted some crucial startup files when you "cleaned up the hard drive". First, go into the BIOS and change it so it will attempt to boot from the floppy first. Insert a boot disk that contains sys.com. Type "sys c:". Let me know if that works, if not, I have something else for you to try.
Thanks JP it worked. The system is up and running now.
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