Why do I get NO ROM BASIC, SYSTEM HALTED?

The system cannot enter the ROM basic and stop responding! This is usually caused by hard disk master boot records corrupts or gets infected by virus or there’s no end mark or the end mark 55 AAH has been modified in the partition table.

No ROM basic system halted Fix

If you receive the subject (or similar) message when you attempt to boot, or receive Press a key to reboot, your C: drive, the primary partition on your first drive, is not marked as the active boot partition.

An ERD will not fix the problem as it has no mechanism to mark a partition active.

To resovle the problem:

1. Boot from a Boot Floppy.

2. Use Disk Administrator to mark the partition active.

NOTE: If you don’t have a Boot Floppy, you may be able to use FDISK.EXE by booting from a MS-DOS diskette.

Create active partition

After setting up your hard disk drive through fdisk you may receive the error message “No ROM basic system halted.” This error is an indication that you have not set the hard disk drive’s active partition. To resolve the issue, boot from a bootable diskette and enter fdisk. Within fdisk, choose option 2 to set active partition and set the drive you wish to be bootable as the active partition.

Invalid boot media in disk drive

If you are attempting to boot from the hard disk drive, ensure that no floppy diskettes or CDs are in the computer. It is possible the computer may be attempting to boot from either of these causing this error to occur.

Verify hard disk drive properly setup in CMOS

Verify that the hard disk drive is properly setup in CMOS.

Check cables

If creating an active partition does not resolve your issue and/or fdisk does not detect a hard disk drive, verify that the hard disk drive cables are properly connected.

Replace drive

Finally, if none of the above solutions resolve this error, unfortunately, it is possible that the hard disk drive is bad. We recommend that you either contact the manufacturer of the hard disk drive to have it replaced and/or purchase a new hard disk drive.

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