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Old 07-05-2005, 08:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, this is my first time here, can somebody please help me with the following problem?:
I have an IBM Thinkpad i series 1459 and the original owner did something to the computer, so when I turn it on it shows only a message saying "Missing operating system."
I got a bootable CD with the computer, it's a bootable Windows ME (originally the computer was using windows 2000). I inserted the CD, turned off the computer, turned on again and I had some choices, the standard... was selected, after that a blue screen is shown. On top it shows E: Edit, R: Run, etc. By the middle of the screen it shows:
FILMIN.COM
FILMINE.CNF
FILMINE.COM
FILMINE.EXE
FMCUSTE.EXE
I can highlight any of them (to select, I suppose), I didn't have idea what to select or what to do next, so I pressed 'Quit' and now I got a prompt like this:

A:\>

What should I do now?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-05-2005, 08:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hm.. Never had that problem. Now that A: comes up if it concerns a floppy. Do you have some kind of floppy that relates to that CD?
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That A:> appears only if I select 'Quit' in the blue screen. The blue screen comes up after I turn on the computer with the bootable disk inside, from there I don't know what to do.
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Can you boot to a floppy?
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How do I do that?
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Go to www.bootdisk.com and download the windows 98 bootdisk oem, insert a blank floppy, run the program, once finished, restart the pc with the floppy in it, or you may need to set your bios to boot from floppy first.
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Sorry for posting again before a reply, in case there is a misunderstanding, I said: "The blue screen comes up after I turn on the computer with the bootable disk inside," Actually it is a bootable CD, not disk.
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Well I'm talking about a floppy.
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I downloaded the windows 98 bootdisk oem, inserted the disk, restarted the pc with the floppy in it, and I got this message:

Invalid system disk
Replac the disk, and then press any key
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Yes, I've had that problem. It got me really frustrated so I never bothered to look into it, now I wish I had.
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