Why can't I boot my my old 486?
One day, i start my computer and a message appeared:
The computer cannot start, insert a system disk and press Enter.
How can i get again into my computer? (my computer is 486 processor)
This question was answered on January 15, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.Can you boot to a floppy disk? If so, can you access your hard disk at all, once you have booted to a floppy?
If not, it sounds like your hard drive took a permanent vacation.
Check to be certain all the hard disk cables are snugly inserted in their respective sockets.
Best thing would be to try a new or borrowed hard drive If your current hard drive is not dead, it could possibly be a problem with the hard disk controller.
Don't dismiss the possibility of a bad cable, or even a power supply problem.
Your PC is probably rather advanced in age I see by your profile, you have managed to put a 10 GB drive into the machine, so the hard drive might not be all that old You also call out a 48X CD drive Sounds like it might be time to upgrade the rest of the computer.
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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on January 15, 2003