You need to create a start up disk


I have a Celeron processor with 20gb and 128 of ram. I run with Win Me.

When I boot up, the comp goes through the memory test and appears to be starting ok but then this message appears in dos:

'Boot-disc error....please insert disc and press enter'

I've tried inserting the windows ME rescue disc and another rescue disc which both take me to another dos command line. From there I am at a loss as to what to do.

I should mention that prior to this I had lost the sound on my comp. I couldn't locate the driver, either on disc or on the web. So I purchased another driver. After installing it the computer wouldn't start properly. I took out the new sound card and reverted the comp back to it's original status. That's when the boot problem started.

Any ideas.....

Thanks in advance



This question was answered on November 4, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.


You should try creating a windows ME startup disk or boot disk The startup disk will enable you to access your system files,run diagnostics programs and fix problems.Here is how you create a startup disk:

1 you should first have a blank 1.2 MB disk ready.

2 start,settings,control panel and then click add/remove programs.

3 click the startup disk tab, and then click create disk

4 label a floppy disk, "windows me startup disk",insert the disk in the floppy drive when prompted and then click ME will begin to copy files to the floppy disk.

5.when copying is complete, click ok and then store the disk in a safe place.


defrag your hard drive

check for errors by running scandisk

clean your hard drive

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Posted by Dan of Mesa Community College on November 4, 2002