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Error Reading Disk in Drive A Windows 95

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#1 UberLatios


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Posted 11 September 2016 - 02:30 PM

Please help. My Toshiba 430cdt laptop is stuck on a blue screen saying:


Error Reading Disk in Drive A

Please insert Disk NO NAME

With Serial Number 2812-7834 in Drive A:

Press ENTER for OK or ESC to Cancel: OK


It will not go away. This has persisted overnight. When I force the power button to turn it off, on reboot it immediately goes to this screen. Not even a boot up first.  It uses an external floppy drive. When the screen eventually goes black (likely a screen saver, I'd imagine) pressing they keyboard does nothing. Pressing ESC and ENTER does nothing either. I've put back in the floppy that I used before this error occurred and nothing happened, even when pressing ENTER. The external keyboard jack doesn't help. The external keyboard still will not function better than the on-laptop keyboard. What do I do?

Edited by UberLatios, 11 September 2016 - 02:34 PM.

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 03:15 PM

Sounds like the computer cannot find an Operating System to bootup from, (like one installed on a hard drive for example), and so, it has no choice but to attempt to look around on other available drives to see what's available. And if drive A: is the only other drive, it's attempting to boot from a bootable System Disk in it ... which apparently is no longer there.


A computer without an operating system is fairly useless. Doorstop maybe? ;)


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#3 UberLatios

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 03:18 PM

Is there is any way to get an OS running? There is a CD drive built in that does not want to open for no discernible reason.

My real question is that it did work properly for about a week after I bought it. It worked beautifully. I installed Doom95 from the official website and shortly afterwards the computer just went directly from the desktop to this screen. It's not like it was bumped or had a virus. It just seemed to happen.

Edited by UberLatios, 11 September 2016 - 03:22 PM.

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 03:39 PM

Do you know of the Floppy disk is bootable? Does it have the OS with command.com on it?


Do you have another computer with a floppy disk that you can make a bootable floppy?


These computers came out around the time of bootable CD's, including bootable Win95 CD's. You might try a CD with Win95 in the drive.


Most other options involve using another computer to create a bootable floppy with CD drivers on it. I would be using a USB floppy on my Win7 machine and using HP's USB format tool.

Edited by BrianVS, 11 September 2016 - 03:39 PM.

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