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#1 bintyre

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 07:59 AM

Gateway Solo 1200 Laptop - Win XP Pro - 850 mhz - 192 MB RAM

When I boot the computer the Gateway logo screen appears. At this point there are two options: ESC to boot from floppy or CD or F2 to change system settings. If I don't choose either of those, the next screen is black and says "Missing operating system". I tried using a boot disk but understand that there really isn't an XP boot disk. I think this computer originally had Win ME installed and was upgraded to XP. I tried using a Win ME boot disk... no luck. Any suggestions welcome. Thanks.

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 08:04 AM

You shifted to a new topic :thumbsup: .Try this.
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Posted 19 September 2005 - 10:33 PM

Yes, I had to shift. Tried a couple of things and got out of that loop (unmountable boot volume) and created another problem.... "Missing operating system".

Downloaded the Win ME boot disk (since I think ME was the original OS) and tried it. Got this error message;

Booting from removable media
Non-system disk error
Replace and press any key when ready

I'm not sure what to do. Can't get back to a DOS prompt. Now what?

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 11:27 PM

If you had XP you should try the XP boot disk. Are you using a recycled floppy or a fresh store bought formated floppy. I cannot remember the reason(to many moons ago) but I always had a problem booting from a recycled disk. I keep a box of unused floppies for OS booting, BIOS upgrades and the such.
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Posted 19 September 2005 - 11:54 PM

Try this page at WWW.BOOTDISK.COM . Near the bottom the is a bootable CD program for XP.
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Posted 20 September 2005 - 11:51 PM

Yes, I was reusing old floppies. Never heard that tip before. Couldn't get the XP boot CD to work. Any other suggestions? Are there any utilities that fit on a floppy that will work? Download one only to find out it was zipped and wouldn't unzip.

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Posted 21 September 2005 - 12:40 AM

There is a utility I use and like called Digital Dolly. It is similar to Partition magic but is free. It boots to a linux GUI and is very eazy to use. It can boot the full version from a cd or a minimal verison from a floppy.
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Posted 21 September 2005 - 06:32 AM

This may help:

How to obtain Windows XP Setup boot disks.

This will give you a set of six bootable floppies for XP.

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Posted 21 September 2005 - 09:11 AM

What are you trying to accomplish with the boot disk?
Reformat and full install?

If so, I believe a Win 98 boot disk will accomplish that for you.




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