Hi Barbara, OK, we need to get an a: prompt to do anything. I like Compaq and don't worry about any overlay for the moment, but we might have to later. We must be able to get an a: prompt from a good boot disk, which is also known as a startup disk or emergency disk. If you don't have one, you will need to make one with your machine. Control panel, add/remove programs, start up disk tab. Follow the directions. When you can put this disk in and get an a: prompt, we can proceed. :O) Bob Noble www.sonic.net/bnoble ----- Original Message ----- From: "Barbara Schonfeld" <bschonfeld@xxxxxxxxx> To: <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Monday, May 12, 2003 10:23 PM Subject: [pcductape] Re: compaq deskpro en When computer is turned on..compaq screen shows up then goes to non-system disk or disk error" Then I put in win 98 emergency disk.it just sits there with blinking cursor. sounds like its reading the 3 1/2 then just sits there. then I restart with a compaq personal sys diagnostic boot disk i made from compaq site..it goes into the compaq utilities menu. There it has inspect.. I do see in this inspect, the operating system listed is ms dos vers 6.2 . .so maybe i cannot boot up to 98..It lists in the memory allocation file only command .com and inspect.exe Then i exit..then it restarts and i took out the 3 1/2 to see what happens.. non system disk or disk error. So I suspect I have no operating system on there at all. So in going thru pages of crap i printed out from compq the other day i was sucessfull in deleting the partition i believe. But this problem has escelated and the compaq site did me no good. I tried many things they suggested...but nothing worked. i tryed doing that c: sys thing .where you transfer system files and didnt work. I thought maybe the harddrive must be bad..switched with another one..and about the same kind of luck. does anyone know..is this compaq overlay stuff necessary or what.. Im sorry I havent fiddled around with my computers for a few months, last one was that monkey virus thingy...which its still sitting in the corner. I had my ankle surgery and am layed up, and my children are biting the bullet and dying without their computer.. I dont have the money to buy a new one and i thought a new install of 98 would fix things and be on our merry way.. so any thoughts or ideas.. I'm not familiar at all with compaq and Im use to using like maxtor drive to fix the hard drives for install.. this hard drive is a fujistu... and on the compaq site they mentioned the failing of this drive in this particular model... thanks for listening.. en is the series of the compaq computer it is. in this compaq diagnostic thing ..it is listed as a deskpro en series. -------Original Message------- From: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Date: Monday, May 12, 2003 9:55:04 PM To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [pcductape] Re: compaq deskpro en Hi Barbara, Well, I guess we need to know some more stuff. Like, have you tried a boot disk to see what is on the hard drive? Or, when you say you don't have a restore cd, do you have a copy of windows 98, or such? Were you successful fdisking or formatting? Let's start with that? Oh, and what's en mean? Bob Noble www.sonic.net/bnoble ----- Original Message ----- From: "Barbara Schonfeld" <bschonfeld@xxxxxxxxx> To: <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Monday, May 12, 2003 9:39 PM Subject: [pcductape] compaq deskpro en Hi Thanks to Sandi or some unknown forces, I have made my way back to the list. I have a compaq deskpro en that I am trying to work on.. and so far no luck. It is my children's computer and they started having trouble with windows 98 not wanting to load. So I have been trying to reinstall but no luck. I have no restore disk. I did download a file from compaq that installed the diagnostics back on the hard drive. I have tried formating and fdisk . I printed out some stuff from compaq, but I've come to the conclusion that I have totally no clue on what to do next. Do I have to have a restore cd from compaq to make this bugger work or what?? Any clues or ideas would be helpful. thanks Barbara Also thanks for the reminder about updating my virus scanner, I had forgotten to check it lately and it needed updating... :) To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface. . To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.