How do you boot up without the PC checking for the floppy?

Question

HOW DO I BOOT UP WITHOUT THE COMPUTER CHECKING FOR MY FLOPPY DRIVE A? EVERYTIME I BOOT UP I GET THIS:

1. START COMPUTER WITH CD ROM SUPPORT.

2. START COMPUTER WITHOUT CD ROM SUPPORT.

3. PRESS ENTER TO VIEW HELP(NOT EXACT WORDS).

I'VE TRIED BOTH 1 AND 2 OPTIONS AND IT'LL ALWAYS SAY:

CANNOT READ DRIVE A

ABORT, RETRY, FAIL?

I'VE TRIED ALL 3 OPTIONS AND WINDOWS WOULD START NORMAL. HOW DO I STOP IT FROM DOING THIS???

THIS MAY SOUND STUPID BUT HOW DO I GO TO BIOS WITH MY PC, ITS A COMPAQ PRESARIO 5050 WITH WINDOWS 98 I BOUGHT IT 4-6 YRS AGO. I'VE TRIED PRESSING F10, CTRL, DELETE, AND IT GOES TO COMPUTER SETUP(NOT EXACT TEXT), AND I DONT THINK THATS BIOS SETUP, BECAUSE ON THE TOP OF THE SCREEN IT'LL GIVE OPTIONS LIKE MULTIMEDIA, ETC. BUT NOTHING ABOUT BOOT UP. CAN I DO BIOS SETUP WHILE IM ON WINDOWS???

Answer

This question was answered on April 22, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Well it seems to me that the boot sequence in the BIOS is setup that way When you start your PC it should tell you what key to hit in order to enter the setup To answer why you get the first three messages, that is what happens when you are preparing a hard disk for an operating system, make sure there are no disks in the floppy drive or the CD ROM drive It is not a stupid question, like I said before when you start your PC it should tell you what key to hit in order to enter the setup(and yes the setup is the BIOS) keep looking, your on the right track you should find the boot suqence in there If not just read the literature your PC came with, it should tell you.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on April 22, 2003