I have just received an old Dell PC from a friend to repair. I recently took out all the components to clean all the dust inside of the case and on the power supply. I re-fitted the components without any trouble.
When I received the machine I was told that Windows was unable boot and asked if I could try and solve the issue. Upon trying to boot into Windows I get the following error "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: "WINDOWSSYSTEM32CONFIGSYSTEM".
I decided my best bet would be to re-install XP using an installation disk. When I insert the disk and set it as boot priority in the Bios I hear the CD loading up and then I get this message "Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure"
I then inserted a Ubuntu CD which loaded up the installation screen without a hitch.
What am I doing wrong and what can I do to solve it?
asked Mar 03 '11 at 18:13
I found this forum. They are saying that it's trying to read the floppy drive. And coincidently they are Dells. Go into the BIOS and make sure the boot order is Optical, HDD, and then floppy. They say this most commonly happens when the motherboard battery is removed or dies, or if a reset is done in the BIOS. Hope this helps.
answered Mar 03 '11 at 18:23