Sorry in advance for this post being so long.
I restarted my computer with a disk in the floppy disk drive (I forgot it was in there.)
It popped up and error telling me that the floppy was not a bootable disk and asked me to
insert a bootable floppy. I took the disk out and tried to ESC out of the error message
which didn't work.
I restarted the computer thinking that since the floppy wasn't in there it would just
boot up normally but it popped up another error saying that the computer was unable to
boot up and to insert a bootable disk into the floppy drive. I can't ESC out of this error
The exact error message is:
Insert BOOT diskette in A:
Press any key when ready
The only way I can start windows is by hitting F8 and starting windows through the menu
that comes up.
I tried a few things to fix the problem.
-I went into the bios setup program by hitting the DEL key at startup and looked at the
boot order. It had the floppy drive first. I changed the order so that the hard drive
was first and the floppy disk drive was second but it didn't fix the problem.
-In the F8 menu I tried starting with the last known good configuration. That didn't work.
-I used system restore to restore the system to a point before the problems started but
that didn't work either.
-I ran CHKDSK /F /R
but no change.
I also noticed that since this happened that windows will glitch up and I can no longer
drag and drop icons (on the desktop or in folders.) and one time the right-click menu and
the start menu stopped working. Everything else still works. I can run programs, browse
the web and even drag program windows around with the mouse but the icons won't move.
I can temporarily fix the problem by restarting windows but the fix doesn't last long.
I don't think it's a virus or anything like that because everything was working fine until
I tried to boot up with the floppy in the drive.
Anyone have any ideas on what might be causing these problems? Any help will be greatly
I'm running Windows XP (Service pack 3) and everything is up to date (up to the last few
updates which were released after the problems started so I didn't want to install them while
the computer is on the fritz.)
I haven't recently installed any new software.
p.s. Unfortunately my Windows XP disk is packed away in a box somewhere at the moment and
I can't get to it. I don't know if this'll matter to any fixes or not but I thought I should mention it.
Edited by PhilD, 16 January 2013 - 03:36 AM.