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    New Lounger
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    Boot failure

    When booting an older Compaq Presario 5152, I get the following message: "Invalid system disk. Replace the disk, and then press any key" right after the COMPAQ screen displays. One knowledgebase I accessed suggests the boot sequence is our of order and it's trying to boot from the CD-ROM. When accessing CMOS I'm not getting the usual display screen that gives you access to the boot sequence.

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    Re: Boot failure

    First ( and I HAVE to ask this ) you did check for a floppy disk in the "floppy" drive, didn't you? OK....I said a had to ask.

    What display DO you get when trying to get into CMOS?
    Do need any of the data that's on the HD or can you do without it?
    Do you have a copy of XP to put in the CDROM drive to see if it boots to it? If you can, that will answer the boot sequence possibility.
    Do you have a boot floppy of any kind, to try that?

    Try those and post back with any results.

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