I installed AVG today (the GRISOFT antivirus product). As part of the setup / initial run, it prompted me to create a backup / restore disk of some sort. I followed the prompts to create a floppy disk version and it seemed to want me to create a bootable diskette. I did one diskette and decided to hold off and do it at a later time as I was short on diskettes. So I stopped that process.
Unfortunately, I left the one diskette in the drive.
Later in the day, I shut down the PC. When my son tried to start it up after school, reportedly it said “Insert bootable disk #2” or something like that (he’s 10, and a bit weak on the details).
Now, despite a number of restarts involving powering the whole thing down by holding the power switch, powering it down by turning off the UPS, and restarting it both with and without the one floppy in the drive, it doesn’t seem to want to boot. The monitor displays a “no signal received” message, And it does not respond to keyboard commands at all except sometimes, if the floppy is in the drive, the floppy drive light seems to flash.
If I try inserting a random CD-ROM game, it’ll spin for a few minutes. So I know it’s responding somehow.
I thought perhaps if I make a bootable CD-ROM from our other computer, that might work. Can’t make bootable diskettes because the spare computer is a laptop and isn’t burdened with anything so TwenCen.
Specs: IBM NetVista PC, running XP Home. All antivirus stuff is up to date (we were running Norton until I installed AVG today; haven’t disabled Norton yet).
Any thoughts on what to try? I have been unsuccessful in figuring out how to make a bootable CD-ROM.