Won't boot from a windows 98 start up floppy.

August 26, 2011 at 09:03:26
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Working with an older original windows 98 Dell Optiplex GX1. Circa 1998-2000. I can get the Dell Screen at start up and I can go into setup ok. I set it to boot from a floppy. That part is ok. It will not boot from a good Windows 98 Boot up Disk. I tried other boot up disks as well. I get the same error message. Replace disk and reboot.

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#1
August 26, 2011 at 09:25:46
Probably the drive has problems. Maybe the heads need cleaning, maybe it has other problems. They never were very reliable.


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#2
August 26, 2011 at 09:43:06
I was wondering if the floppy disk drive itself was bad.

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#3
August 26, 2011 at 16:20:57
"I was wondering if the floppy disk drive itself was bad."

Quite possibly. If you're sure your floppies are bootable, then it's very possible the drive itself is at fault---though floppy disks also go bad. If you have (or know someone who has) another machine with a floppy drive, make another boot floppy on a freshly formatted disk (and make sure it had no bad sectors on it) by using the files (use 98bot10a.exe for Win98SE) here:

http://www.mpcdrivers.com/downloads...

If no go, then it's a drive problem.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#4
August 26, 2011 at 17:09:33
Been playing with it and replaced the floppy disk drive and the battery on the motherboard. Still does it. Now in the setup screen the time runs amok and I can not set the time now.

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#5
August 26, 2011 at 19:26:44
Make a new bootdisk. A bad floppy drive can ruin a good bootdisk with one attempt. Also check that the floppy cable is in good condition and tightly connected on both ends. And if the cable has both A: and B: connectors make sure you connect it to the one after the 7-wire twist--usually the last connector.

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#6
August 27, 2011 at 04:52:00
I did all the above but still have problems. I set it to boot from a cd rom then I put in a windows xp disk to see if it would boot from that. It would not. So, I am beginning to think it is a motherboard system problem. Wondering if I need some kind of Dell System Restore disk now?

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#7
August 27, 2011 at 05:47:23
"...Working with an older original windows 98 Dell Optiplex GX1..."

"...in the setup screen the time runs amok and I can not set the time..."

... have you replaced the cmos (watch type) battery?

... may last around 5 years then the bios should hold the saved changes.
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#8
August 27, 2011 at 07:32:52
Yes, I replaced the CMOS Battery with a brand new one. That is when the time went bananas on me.

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#9
August 27, 2011 at 07:46:02
After you replaced the battery, did you correct all the BIOS settings? Do not simply "load defaults". You need to manually set the date, time, & run thru all the other BIOS options to configure them to "best fit" to your hardware configuration. Make sure the boot order is set to floppy, CD, HDD, and make sure you're using a good boot floppy. You can download a boot disk creator from the following site - just download the correct file, double click & follow the instructions.

http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm


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#10
August 28, 2011 at 17:44:59
Update: It is going to the recycling yard now. I checked jumpers, Cable position, tried new boot disk, replaced the battery again. Got the time to straighten out this time. Still won't boot from a floppy disk or cd after setting it in setup mode to boot. Even tried a Linux disk. I did follow the suggestions here.

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