Having problems with your Dell Dimension 4100 (-JM0TB01) PC Desktop ?

Dell logo appears and message appears INSERT BOOT DISKETTE...

\015 My PC was turned off when the power cord was accidentally turned off. It has happened before with no problems at start up. But yesterday when I turned it on it went directly to the Dell logo and after a minute the message appears..INSERT BOOT DISKETTE IN A: Followed by INVALID BOOT DISKETTE. What happend and how can I solve this?\015

Answers :

A couple of things can cause this.

1] having the 'boot order' set up so that the computer looks to a removable device that has non-bootable media in it.
2] somehow the 'boot' device has lost it's 'boot' properties.

Best way to troubleshoot:
1] find the boot CD
2] re-strat the machine and enter the "BIOS setup" mode <f10>, or <DEL>; I think::verify the boot order
this should likely be: C: ; CD ; A:

allow machine to start with CD and check to see if anything on the wanted 'boot' device has been lost; sometimes it will get smashed.

Let us know what you get after this point, because I would rather give you an answer based on knowledge from this part of the exercise.
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